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P-51D 44-14778 HO-E of Cpt. Alexander F Sears, 352nd Fighter Group, 478th Fighter Squadron. The crew would write "The Sheep Herdeder" in chalk on the cowling before a mission and Capt. Sears would erase it on his return.



  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron


  • Alexander Sears

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Flight leader 487th FS 352nd FG 1944-45 ...



  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Asch

    Military site : airfield


Date Contributor Update
05 November 2020 09:37:29 Mav87th Changes to caption

Zoomed in on the image of the aircraft, its visible that the crew wrote the name "The Sheep Herdeder" on the front and not "The Sheepherder", although that would be more correct ;)

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2017 17:08:32 Pyker Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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