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22 February 1945: Labelled "battle damage" by the PR folks, the destruction was actually the result of a landing accident. P-51D 44-15576 "Sweet Mama II" (coded 5E-P) of the 385th Ftr Sq, 364th FG was rolling out with Flt Off Sidney S. Stern at the controls. John W. Kiernan was landing behind him in Capt Arthur B. McCormick's P-51D 44-15179 (coded 5E-L), "Look Homeward Angel II." Overtaking Stern, Kiernan ran up on his tail. Both aircraft were apparently repaired.



  • 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. ...

  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 385th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-15576 'Sweet Mama II'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 385FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Picture of crash post baleout -


  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...


Date Contributor Update
26 June 2020 16:32:13 Pyker Changes to unit associations

Corrected squadron from 358th to 385th.

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2017 14:08:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations