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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Nicholas F Hurley. Transferred to 317FS, 325FG, 15AF USAAF.



  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 325th Fighter Group

    325th Fighter Group

    The 325th was first activated as the 325th Fighter Group at Mitchel Field, New York in August 1942 with the 317th,[7] 318th,[8] and 319th Fighter Squadrons[9] assigned. It trained at Hillsgrove Army Air Field with Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft[10]...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • 317th Fighter Squadron

    317th Fighter Squadron

    The 317th Fighter Squadron was activated on 1 July 1942 at Theodore Green Airport, Providence, Rhode Island, as part of the 325th Fighter Group, the "Checker Tails". After six months of intensive training in the P-40 Warhawk, the 317th embarked for...


  • William Cheney

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 317FS, 325FG, 15AF USAAF. Transferred to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

  • Ira Grounds

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Participated in Operation FRANTIC II, the Russia Shuttle mission but after departure from Italy had to return to base because of mechanical issues. On 30 August 1944 he was designated Assistant Squadron Operations and Gunnery Officer.


  • 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...

  • Lesina

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Edwards AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Debden, Loughton IG10 3SW, UK 1944

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned 71010 Lesina FG, Italy June 1944

Transferred to 317FS, 325FG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed 71010 Lesina FG, Italy 30 July 1944

Taxiing Accident Lesina Italy Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt William B Cheney, 30-Jul-44.

317FS 325FG 15AF.

Crashed 71010 Lesina FG, Italy 31 August 1944

Crashed Belly Landing Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Gerald H Strait, 31-Aug-44.

317FS 325FG 15AF.

Crashed 71010 Lesina FG, Italy 24 February 1945

Landing Accident Lesina Italy Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Edward L Miller, 24-Feb-45.

317FS 325FG 15AF.