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P-51B "Hat Jane" 354th FS-355th FG-8th AF
This ship was first coded WR-A and was recoded WR-P when it was lost on 7 June 1944. Hit by Flak in the vicinity of Nogent-le-Rotrou, the pilot Robert D. Couture succeeded in making a belly landing on the side of a small hill near the village of Vicheres. This ship had been christened by Captain Robert Kurtz after his sister.



  • 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...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron


  • 43-6895 'Hat Jane'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Flown by Major James A Goodson. Transferred to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from patrol mission, hit by Flak whilst strafing ground targets Nogent-le-Rotrou, France. Pilot Lt Robert D Couture evaded...


  • 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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14 October 2020 10:39:05 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations

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13 October 2020 18:02:36 Pyker Changes to unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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13 October 2020 08:55:25 gregpons Created entry with collection and caption