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Lt. Russ McNally and crew chief S/Sgt. Cyril Monnier stand by the artwork on their P-51D Mustang named "Morphine Sue II". This P-51 started out with McNally as YF-J in the 358th fighter squadron, 355th fighter group before going with him to the Experimental Scouting Force where the YF code was underscored to differentiate it. S/Sgt. Monnier stayed with the 358th FS. It then went with him to the 1st Scouting Force at Honington where it eventually became 9H-J "Chip" of Lt. Merrill J Dumont.



  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 1st Scouting Force
  • 358th Fighter Squadron
  • Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Formed by Col. Peaslee following presentation of his theory to Gen. Doolittle. The purpose of the Scouting Force concept was for experienced, tour expired lead bomber pilots, escorted by volunteer fighter pilots, to fly ahead of bomber formations to...




  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


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