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Lt William Groseclose [Pierre, South Dakota], pilot standing on the wing of his P-51D Mustang, ready to get into the cockpit. His crew chief, Ssgt Harry E East, [Omaha, Nebraska] stands by.

Lt William R Groseclose of the 335th Ftr Sq, 4th FG climbs into the cockpit of P-51D 44-14431, coded WD-Q. He was downed in this aircraft on 11 September 1944 and taken POW for the duration.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A49677-K3914.



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Date Contributor Update
11 May 2016 12:54:03 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2016 12:53:16 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2016 12:50:48 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption