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Clayton K. Gross


6 kill ace including 1 ME-262
P-51B s/n 43-12451 GQ+I "Live Bait" - "Peggy"
P-51D s/n 44-63688 GQ+I "Live Bait" -"Peggy"
crew chief SSgt C.E. "Smitty" Smith



  • William Davis

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 355th FS 354th FG 4 confirmed kills (2 1/2 FW-190s + 1 1/2 ME-109s) +1 probable + 6 damaged air-to-air. Lt Col USAF retired First pilot to fly 50 P-51 combat missions.....

Units served with

  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 355th Fighter Squadron


  • 43-12451 'Live Bait' 'Peggy'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 355FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Declared war weary. Transferred to 436FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Lashenden

    Military site : airfield
    Close to but completely separate from RAF Headcorn, Lashenden was built for the RAF during 1942-43 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), initially as a light bomber base and then as a training base for mobile fighter squadrons. Enlarged and improved for...


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