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Herman Stanley Rasmussen

Military

2nd Lt. Herman S. Rasmussen was killed in action (KIA) when he was hit by flak while strafing the Munich-Bruntthal aerodrome on 9 April 1945. He baled at low altitude from his P-51 Mustang #44-13788 near Neuberg, but his 'chute did not open in time.

Service

Units served with

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

Aircraft

  • 44-13788

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. A/C struck by flak in left wing tank while strafing a dispersal area containing German aircraft SE of Munich. Pilot Lt Herman S Rasmussen pulled his A/C up to about 400ft then “dropped his wing and went out the right...

  • 44-13779

    P-51 Mustang
    This was the last Mustang assigned to Col. Donald Blakeslee, Commanding Officer of the the 4th Fighter Group. As Blakeslee rotated home in November 1944, the aircraft was reassigned to Lt. Kiser having been repaired.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Oakland, California, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 9 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 18:32:17 apollo11 Changes to middlename
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2015 19:17:57 apollo11 Changes to role, biography, events and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank E. Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13946 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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