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43-12145

P-51 Mustang

To RAF as Mustang III FX875. Returned to USAAF 28-Dec-43, no RAF service. With 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. War Weary to Clobber College. Collided in midair with P-51B 43-6439 and crashed at Grange Farm at Black Peek, Cheshire, England 12-Feb-45. Pilot 2nd Lt Johnnie M Allman killed (KITA), aircraft destroyed.

Service

Aircraft

  • 43-6439 'Helen of Troy 2nd'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. In midair collision with P-51B 43-12145 at Melbourne, England 12-Feb-45. Able to land, but aircraft was DBR. Written Off Feb-45.

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    Group
    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

  • 503rd Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters Squadron (8th Air Force)

People

  • Johnnie Allman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Collided in midair with P-51B 43-6439 and crashed at Grange Farm at Black Peek, Cheshire, England 12-Feb-45. 2nd Lt Allman killed in training accident (KITA), aircraft destroyed. Awards: PH.

Places

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Returned to USAAF Speke, UK 28 December 1943

Returned to USAAF 28-Dec-43.

Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American Aviation.

Delivered Merseyside, UK 1944

Delivered to RAF as Mk III FX875. No RAF Service.

Assigned Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 1944

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK 1944

Transferred to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Chester, UK 12 February 1945

Collided in midair with P-51B 43-6439 and crashed at Grange Farm at Black Peek, Cheshire, England 12-Feb-45. Pilot 2nd Lt Johnnie M Allman killed (KITA), aircraft destroyed.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2016 17:00:09 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-12145&Submit=S...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=43-12145
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1943_2.html

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