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339th Fighter Group Gallery

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Littlefriends.co.uk Of the fifteen Fighter Groups assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 339th was the last but one to arrive in the UK, setting up home at Station 378, Fowlmere, Cambs., where they remained for the duration of their tour of duty in the ETO. Flying their first operational mission on 30 April 1944, the 339th lost no time in making their presence felt, racking up a score of forty enemy aircraft destroyed air-air, and fifteen on the ground, within their first thirty days of combat. The Group finished the war with a total of 233.5 destroyed in the air and 359 on the ground, for the loss of 61 pilots killed in action and 32 made prisoners of war.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Having been equipped with A-24 and A-25 aircraft and trained in the dive-bomber role, the 339th were re-equipped with P-39s in July 1943. The Group moved to Rice Field, CA in September 1943 and stayed there until shipping overseas on 22 March 1944. P-39Q 42-20720 is shown here as it appeared at Rice Field. The artwork that this a/c bears is one of the more popular pin-ups from Esquire Magazine, being Alberto Vargas' "There'll always be a Christmas" from the December 1943 edition.

Profile by Nick King
  
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Littlefriends.co.uk Nice in-flight shot of a section from the 503rd Fighter Squadron taken from the waist gunner’s position of a B-17. Aircraft seen are, from rear to foreground: P-51B 43-24800 D7-O "Miss Max" of Lt. Ethelbert H Graham Jr. P-51D 44-14065 D7-M "Sally II" of Lt. John R Byers P-51D 44-13980 D7-Z "Shy Ann" of Lt. Jerry P Bush Jr and P-51D 44-13629 D7-F "Dee" of Capt. Clarence W Knott

Photo: Russell Abbey (www.55th.org)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk The same 503rd Fighter Squadron section seen in the photo above but taken from the port side. Formation is now in reverse echelon with P-51D 44-13629 D7-F "Dee" of Capt. Clarence W Knott in the foreground, then P-51D 44-13980 D7-Z "Shy Ann" of Lt. Jerry P Bush. In the third slot is P-51D 44-14065 D7-M "Sally II" of Lt. John R Byers with the P-51B 43-24800 D7-O "Miss Max" of Lt. Ethelbert H Graham Jr being hidden by the front three.

Photo: Russell Abbey (www.55th.org)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Harold W Scruggs, Hollis OK, 503rd Fighter Squadron & Headquarters Unit. P-51B 42-106803 D7-A.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Enoch B Stephenson Jr., Columbia TN, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-24803 D7-A “White Rat”. This a/c was lost on 7 June 1944 when Lt. Nathan T Folwell, Allentown PA, crash-landed at Fowlmere. Enoch is seen here in the cockpit of his replacement P-51D.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Enoch B Stephenson Jr., Columbia TN, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13377 D7-A “White Rat”. This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Charles S Coe as D7-G.

Photo: Alan J Russ (Armorer)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. John NMI Aitken, Elberton GA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14004 D7-A.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. John NMI Aitken, Elberton GA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14004 D7-A. Maj. Aitken seen here with his crew chief S/Sgt. William B Helliger, Baltimore MD (R) and armorer Sgt. Robert T Markle, Bowling Green KY. (L)

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col Harvey E Henderson, Taylor TX, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14587 D7-A "Pee Wee Peckerwood". Lt.Col. Henderson became a POW on 5 December 1944 in P-51D 44-15520 D7-#.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col Harvey E Henderson, Taylor TX, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14587 D7-A "Pee Wee Peckerwood". This a/c was lost on 27 November 1944 with Lt. Felix J Girone being killed in action.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Lloyd J "Jeff" French, West Hartford CT, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11623 D7-A "Rusty".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Lloyd J "Jeff" French, West Hartford CT, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11623 D7-A "Rusty". L-R Bellman brothers, Manhattan KS; crew chief S/Sgt. Robert C Burns, Minneapolis, MN & Capt. French.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Lloyd J "Jeff" French, West Hartford CT, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11623 D7-A "Rusty".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Lloyd J "Jeff" French, West Hartford CT, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11623 D7-A "Rusty".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Preddy, Greensboro NC, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11623 D7-A "Rusty". This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Preddy from Capt. French and he retained the nickname. Lt. Preddy was shot down whilst flying it on 17 April 1945 and died of his injuries the following day having been refused proper medical treatment by the German doctors at an emergency medical centre.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Walter T "Nip" Carter, Prescott AZ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106863 D7-B "Mon Petite" named for his wife Marie. Capt Carter was flying this a/c on 21 May 1944 when he became a POW.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Luther B Francis, Portland ME, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15512 D7-B "Bouncin' Betsy".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Luther B Francis, Portland ME, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15512 D7-B "Bouncin' Betsy".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Dale E Shafer Jr., Dayton OH, Commanding Officer 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72147 D7-C.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Dale E Shafer, Dayton OH, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14671 D7-C.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph G Farrell, Brooklyn NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14890 D7-C/ “Whoa! To Joe’s Woes” This a/c was crash-landed on 24 March 1945 by Lt. William R Preddy, some twenty-four days before he was killed in action. The strange nickname on this P-51 has nothing to do with Capt. Farrell being named Joseph but rather a reference to the Russian Dictator Joseph Stalin who was constantly bemoaning the lack of a second front by the allies. D-Day of course put an end to “Joe’s Woes”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph G Farrell, Brooklyn NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14890 D7-C/ “Whoa! To Joe’s Woes” Seen here at the head of a line of 503rd aircraft at Bassingbourn and demonstrating the bar under the letter; a presentation that was not so common in the 339th.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Alan F Crump, Ann Arbor MI, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14143 D7-D. Lt. Crump was killed on 6 November 1944 due to a mid-air collision with P-51D 44-14898 YF-J of the 2nd Scouting Force flown by Capt. George T Ziegler. Capt. Ziegler was fortunate enough to survive the accident by managing to bail out.

Photo: Gordon Cates
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Frank M Stillwell, Prospect Plains NJ, 503rd fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15134 D7-D "The Bengal Lancer", a presentation aircraft from Bloomfield High School NJ, and named after their basketball team “The Bengals”.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Frank M Stillwell, Prospect Plains NJ, 503rd fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15134 D7-D "The Bengal Lancer". Capt. Stillwell seen here with crew chief S/Sgt. Michael J Cotter, West Roxbury MA. Other crew member currently unidentified.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Frank M Stillwell, Prospect Plains NJ, 503rd fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15134 D7-D "The Bengal Lancer".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Frank M Stillwell, Prospect Plains NJ, 503rd fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15134 D7-D "The Bengal Lancer".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Elmer E Haidle, Greenock PA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13627 D7-E "Dot".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Elmer E Haidle, Greenock PA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13627 D7-E "Dot".

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Elmer E Haidle, Greenock PA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13627 D7-E "Dot".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William W Behrend, Trenton NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known but he was flying P-51D 44-13627 D7-F “Spar” on 2 March 1945 and which was subsequently recoded to D7-E.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Clarence W Knott, Ventura CA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13629 D7-F “Dee”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Clarence W Knott, Ventura CA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13629 D7-F “Dee”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles S Coe, Westbrook ME, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13377 D7-G “Night-Mare”. This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Coe from Maj. Stephenson and was then transferred to 505th FS as 6N-P.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lyle M Wright, Buffalo NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103567 D7-H. This a/c was reassigned as D7-V following landing accidents on 25 and 29 June 1944. Lt. Wright’s replacement a/c was P-51B 42-106658 also coded D7-H.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Esteban A Terrats, Santurce PR, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51C 43-25050 D7-H. Lt. Terrats was killed in action flying this a/c on 2 March 1945. It is interesting to note that early B/C models were still being used as late as March 1945 despite the plentiful supply of D/K models available at that time. Modellers note the field-fitted dorsal fin.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Anthony G Hawkins, Detroit MI, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14626 D7-H “Sweet Sue”. Capt. Hawking was killed in action in this a/c on 31 December 1944.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William D Stockton, Orion IL, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103327 D7-I. This a/c was salvaged on 15 September 1944 due to battle damage and Lt. Stockton was killed in action on 18 October 1944 flying another D7-I of which the serial # is currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Carl H French, Loudonville NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13329 D7-I.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Carl H French, Loudonville NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13329 D7-I. D7-I seen her on the 503rd FS flight line during the December 1944/January 1945 cold spell which prevented most operational flights. Photo taken at Bassingbourn where they were based whilst pierced steel planking was put down at Fowlmere.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert J Frisch, Cincinnati OH, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14118 D7-J "Worry Bird". This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Frisch from Capt. “Jeff” French.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert J Frisch, Cincinnati OH, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14118 D7-J "Worry Bird".

Photo: Lt. William W Foard 357th FG
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert J Frisch, Cincinnati OH, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14118 D7-J "Worry Bird".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 503rd Fighter Squadron P-51D 44-72485 D7-J/. The assigned pilot of this one has not been identified but it was lost on 17 April 1945 when Capt. Raymond F Reuter was killed in action whilst flying it. In the number two slot is P-51D 44-15512 D7-B “Bouncin’ Betsy” of Lt. Luther B Francis.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. William E “Bill” Bryan Jr., Flint MI, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15074 D7-J/ “Big Noise”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Philip E Petitt, New York NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11325 D7-K "Princess Pat".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Philip E Petitt, New York NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11325 D7-K "Princess Pat". Previously coded D7-W. This a/c was lost to “friendly fire” from a B-17 during the mission of 7 April 1945. Lt. David A MacKenzie, Medford MA, was the unfortunate pilot forced to spend about a month as a POW by the Big Friend.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Philip E Petitt, New York NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11325 D7-K "Princess Pat".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Rex L Poutre, Concordia KS, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15482 D7-L "Dyna-Mike".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Leonard J Fiorito, Leroy NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14065 D7-M “Sally II”. This was a replacement for his earlier P-51C 42-103600 D7-M named “Sally”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John R Byers, St. Louis MO, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14065 D7-M “Sally II”. This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Byers when Capt. Fiorito finished his tour and the a/c nickname was retained.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas G Sams, Taylor TX, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14065 D7-M. Reassigned to Lt. Sams from Lt. Byers.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas G Sams, Taylor TX, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14065 D7-M.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack B Price, Ada OK, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103325 D7-N "Reddy Teddy". This a/c was lost on 27 August 1944 with Lt. John M Carothers being killed in action.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Steve J Chetneky, Trenton NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14390 D7-N "Hard Luck Jr" (L) "Irene" (R).

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Steve J Chetneky, Trenton NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14390 D7-N "Hard Luck Jr" (L) "Irene" (R). Lt. Chetneky seen here with his armorer, Cpl. Alexander Hernandez, Santa Fe Springs CA.

Photo: Martin Sheldrick
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Steve J Chetneky, Trenton NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14390 D7-N "Hard Luck Jr" (L) "Irene" (R). View of right side showing “Irene” in script copied from the way that she signed her letters.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Steve J Chetneky, Trenton NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14390 D7-N "Hard Luck Jr" (L) "Irene" (R).

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Steve J Chetneky, Trenton NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14390 D7-N "Hard Luck Jr" (L) "Irene" (R).

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ethelbert H Graham, Los Angeles CA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24800 D7-O "Miss Max.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Valdee NMI Wyatt, Vernon TX, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106889 D7-P.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Valdee NMI Wyatt, Vernon TX, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13324 D7-P. Capt. Wyatt was wounded in action and became a POW flying this a/c on18 October 1944.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lester C Marsh, Los Angeles CA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14947 D7-P. This a/c was unnamed but sported artwork of a skull with an arrow, see below.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lester C Marsh, Los Angeles CA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14947 D7-P. Artwork on D7-P.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William W Perry, Independence KS, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14935 D7-Q “Purty”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William W Perry, Independence KS, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14935 D7-Q “Purty”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William W Perry, Independence KS, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14935 D7-Q “Purty”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William W Perry, Independence KS, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14935 D7-Q “Purty”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William W Perry, Independence KS, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14935 D7-Q “Purty”.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James A Mankie, Nutley NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15700 D7-Q "Sweet Jeanne". Lt. Mankie became a POW on 31 December 1944 in this a/c before he had time to get the name painted on. Nick King’s profile below shows how “Sweet Jeanne” was intended to look.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James A Mankie, Nutley NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15700 D7-Q "Sweet Jeanne" (as intended – see above).

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard E Krauss, Blue Springs NE, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15268 D7-S "Sweet Eloise" (L) "Janie" (R).

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard E Krauss, Blue Springs NE, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15268 D7-S "Sweet Eloise" (L) "Janie" (R).

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Raymond F Reuter, Union OR, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15430 D7-S. Capt. Reuter bailed out of 42-106614 D7-Y near Saarbourg, France on 10 September 1944, managed to evade capture and returned to Fowlmere on 24 September 1944. He was killed in action on 17 April 1945 in P-51D 44-72485 D7-J/ of Maj. Bryan.

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Littlefriends.co.uk 503rd Fighter Squadron P-51B 42-106614 D7-T. Assigned pilot currently unknown. The photo shows result of a forced landing due to engine failure on 31 July 1944 with Lt. Claude E Cloud at the controls. Following repair the a/c became D7-Y “Janie Girl” assigned to Lt. Erickson following the crash of his 42-106710 on 11 August.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Francis R Gerard, Lyndhurst NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14503 D7-U “Yi-Yi”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Francis R Gerard, Lyndhurst NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13808 D7-U. Also reported to be named “Yi-Yi” but this photo has no name applied and the only other one currently known has obviously had the name added later..

Photo: Anthony Plowright
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 503rd Fighter Squadron P-51B 42-106882 D7-V. Assigned pilot of this one is currently unknown. The pilot involved in this belly landing on 1 may 1944 was Capt. Valdee Wyatt.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert H Ammon, Reading PA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14004 D7-V “Annie May”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert H Ammon, Reading PA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14004 D7-V “Annie May”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John W Gokey, Oswego NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15560 D7-V “Oswego Special”. Capt. Gokey was forced to bail out of this a/c on 11 December 1944 due to engine failure.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ralph S Hill Jr., Haddonfield NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15510 D7-W "China Girl".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ralph S Hill Jr., Haddonfield NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15510 D7-W "China Girl".

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ralph S Hill Jr., Haddonfield NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15510 D7-W "China Girl".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Allen S Harte Jr., Chestertown MD, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13995 D7-X.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Allen S Harte Jr., Chestertown MD, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13995 D7-X. This a/c was lost on 18 October 1944 with Lt. Raymond D Mayer being killed in action.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Earl E Erickson, Oakwood MO, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Photo could be either of his two P-51Bs, 42-106614 or 42-106710 both coded D7-Y and named "Janie Girl". Lt. Erickson later had a P-51D 44-14390 also named “Janie Girl” but coded D7-S.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Earl E Erickson, Oakwood MO, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106710 D7-Y "Janie Girl". Janie seen here on 11 August 1944 following a forced landing at Station 131 Nuthampstead due to engine failure. Pilot for this mishap was Capt. Donald E McClish

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Edward H Beavers, Scranton PA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14525 D7-Z “Joanie”. He was killed in action flying this a/c on 27 November 1944.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Edward H Beavers, Scranton PA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13980 D7-Z. This a/c was reassigned to Capt. Beavers when Lt. Bush completed his tour. It was lost on 28 September 1944 when Lt. Paul W Frickel became a POW. Cap. Beavers’ replacement P-51D was 44-14525 D7-Z.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jerry P Bush, Hulett WY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13980 D7-Z "Shy Ann".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jerry P Bush, Hulett WY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13980 D7-Z "Shy Ann".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jerry P Bush, Hulett WY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106934 D7-Z "Shy Ann".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-13965 D7-Z/ "Gruesome Twosome" A war-weary P-51D converted into a two-seater by 339th crews by removal of the fuselage tank and fitting a rear seat.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert F Mulvey, Lowell MA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103295 D7-#. Lt. Mulvey became a POW on 21 May 1944 flying this a/c but the code letter has yet to be established.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Bernie A Allen, Interlachen FL, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roy W Ammerman, Brooklyn NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Alec NMI Boychuck, New York NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William H Boyd, Phoenix AZ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John C Campbell Jr., Glenbrook CT, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known but on 17 April 1945 he was flying P-51D 44-72333 D7-U.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Carl E Cloud, Norman OK, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph G Farrell, Brooklyn NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14890 D7-C/ "Whoa To Joe's Woes".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Clarence I Ferrell, Knightdale NC, 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D D7-# "Plow Boy". Serial # currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Paul D Frickel, Ottumwa IA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward C Flaherty, Elizabeth NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known but he was killed bailing out following a mid-air collision on 5 August 1944 whilst flying P-51C 42-103567 D7-V. The other a/c involved was P-51D 44-14012 D7-B of Maj. John R Reynolds who landed safely.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Felix J Girone, North Tarrytown NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Lt. Girone was killed in action on 27 November 1944 whilst flying P-51D 44-14587 D7-A of Lt.Col. Henderson.

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Littlefriends.co.uk F/O. William R Gordon, Miami FL, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John J Hauff, Milford NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John E Hutton Jr., Kingsport TN, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Allen D Johnson, Fairfield CT, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Donald W Johnson, Detroit MI, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Raymond G Johnson, Clarendon TX, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Lt. Johnson was flying P-51D 44-14012 D7-X on 3 March 1945.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William G Johnson, Columbus MS, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George J Johnstone, Tarrant AL, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George P Kelly III, Houston TX, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Alfred O Manke, Niles OH, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Lt. Manke became a ¨POW on 23 September 1944 whilst flying P-51D 44-14247 D7-#.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Raymond D Mayer, Swissvale PA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Lt. Mayer was killed in action on 18 October 1944 in P-51D 44-13995 D7-X of Capt. Harte.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Donald E McClish, Akron OH, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Francis E McElwee, Cranford NJ, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Kenneth E Moreland, Fort Dodge, IA., 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-64012 D7-H “Irish Eyes”. The Irish eyes were not smiling too kindly on Lt. Moreland as this P-51 was damaged in a landing accident on 24th April 1945. His earlier P-51K 44-12160, also D7-H “Irish Eyes” was written off in a take-off accident due to engine failure on 3rd April.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Nathan NMI Ostrow, Minneapolis MN, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George W Porter, Los Angeles CA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Lt. Porter was killed in a post-war training accident in P-51D 44-15509 D7-T.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John P Potthoff, Las Vegas NV, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dennis B Rawls Jr., Tampa FL, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gardner H Reynolds, San Antonio TX, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. He was known to be flying P-51D 44-13329 D7-I on 8 August 1944.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James G Robinson, Rocky River OH, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c with the 503rd not currently known. He was transferred to HQ Unit where he had 6N-E, maintained by the 505th.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles E Shake, Terre Haute IN, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

Photo: Sander Woonings
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Linwood P Smith, Garden City NY, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Vinvent J Spaziano, Providence RI, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Lt. Spaziano was killed in action on 18 November 1944 in P-51D 44-14829 D7-#.

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Littlefriends.co.uk F/O. Arthur H Steier, Los Angeles CA, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. F/O Steier was killed in action on 21 May 1944 in P-51B 42-106674 D7-#.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John P Wilson, Hurdle Hills NC, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known but he was flying P-51K 44-11199 D7-B/ on 26 November 1944.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph Wolfort, St. Louis MO, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Lt. Wolfort was killed in action on 24 May 1944 when he was hit by flak near Ulzen, Germany. At the time he was flying P-51B 42-106755 D7-T.

Photo: Arthur G Rosen
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Albert L Wyer, Toledo OH, 503rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Lt. Wyer became a POW on 15 May 1944 whilst flying P-51C 42-103393 D7-# “Apache”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk See enlargement for Commanding Officer details.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified P-51D of 504th Fighter Squadron illustrating the unit’s green rudders.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Officers of 504th Fighter Squadron taken in Fall 1944. See enlargement for line-up.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Officers of 504th Fighter Squadron taken in March 1945. See enlargement for line-up.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Bill C Routt, Nacogdoches TX, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13392 5Q-A “FABASCA”. Maj. Routt had at least five known FABASCA’s starting with P-51B 42-106838 5Q-A.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Bill C Routt, Nacogdoches TX, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14060 5Q-A “FABASCA V”. FABASCA stood for “Fast As a Bullet And Slick as a Cat’s Arse”. It was written off in a crash-landing on 20 February 1945 with Capt. Arlen W Wells at the controls.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Douglas P Cole, Geneva NY, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72095 5Q-A "Mary” / “Ole King Cole".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Douglas P Cole, Geneva NY, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72095 5Q-A "Mary” / “Ole King Cole". Unfortunate double exposure but at least it shows the “Ole King Cole” artwork on this a/c.

Photo: Don Krueger
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Elton J Brownshadel, Austin TX, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106928 5Q-B. It is believed that this a/c was shared with Maj. Peter.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Elton J Brownshadel, Austin TX, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106928 5Q-B. Seen here taxiing out at Fowlmere sometime prior to D-Day. Unfortunately, on the first mission on 6 June 1944, Lt. Brownshadel was killed whilst taking off in this a/c.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Lewis S Peter Jr., San Antonio TX, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13569 5Q-B. The crash-landing seen here occurred on 20 June 1944 when Maj. Bill Routt suffered a systems failure. The P-51 had only been with the squadron since 10 June.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Lewis S Peter Jr., San Antonio TX, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13569 5Q-B. Colour shot of the above crash-landing. The “D” model P-51 was only just entering service around the time of D-Day and those that were available mostly claimed by the senior officers. Modellers note the full D-Day markings, a rare sight on P-51D’s.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Lewis S Peter Jr., San Antonio TX, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13330 5Q-B “Picolo Pete” (sic). The crew seen here with Maj. Peter are L-R: Assistant crew chief Pat E Ryan, crew chief S/Sgt. John B LeJeune, New Iberia, LA, Maj. Peter and armorer Cpl. Arthur R Shoemaker, Hominy, OK.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gilbert G Cohen, Indianapolis IN, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### 5Q-C "Growing Gripe". The a/c name was chosen due to Gillie’s original choice of “Hebe’s Heap” being ordered to be removed by the C.O. as it might have made his being Jewish too obvious in the event of being shot down. Gillie objected to this as his surname would have been enough of a give-away and therefore chose “Growing Gripe” to show his displeasure.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. William C Clark, Richmond VA, 504th Fighter Squadron & Headquarters Unit. P-51D 44-64148 5Q-C "Happy IV"/”Dotty”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. William C Clark, Richmond VA, 504th Fighter Squadron & Headquarters Unit. P-51D 44-64148 5Q-C "Happy IV" the name "Dotty" on the canopy rail was for his wife Dorothy and not "Dolly" as has been suggested in certain publications.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. William C Clark, Richmond VA, 504th Fighter Squadron & Headquarters Unit. P-51D 44-64148 5Q-C "Happy IV"/”Dotty”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Well known photo of a field mass using Lt.Col. William C Clark's P-51D 44-64148 5Q-C "Happy IV" as a backdrop.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Bradford V Stevens, Hood River OR, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13521 5Q-D "Marinell". This a/c was lost on 13 August 1944 with Lt. Myer R Winkelman, Baird TX, being killed in action.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Vernon N Barto, Depue IL, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14011 5Q-D “Lou n’ Sue”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Vernon N Barto, Depue IL, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14011 5Q-D “Lou n’ Sue” seen here on the 504th FS Flight Line at Fowlmere. Lou n’ Sue was lost on 17 July 1945 when Capt. Kenneth L Gilbert, Middletown RI, was killed in a crash-landing at Fowlmere.

Photo: William C Clark
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Cecil E Craigo Jr., Beckley WV, 504th Fighter Squadron. An original cadre pilot, Capt. Craigo’s first assigned a/c was P-51B 42-106690 5Q-E which was replaced by P-51D 44-14372 5Q-E. This was reassigned to Capt. Everson when Capt. Craigo finished his tour on 3 December 1944.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Kirke B Everson Jr., Providence RI, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14372 5Q-E “Mary Beth”. Seen with Capt. Everson is crew chief S/Sgt. Leonard Greenberg.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Kirke B Everson Jr., Providence RI, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14372 5Q-E “Mary Beth”.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Kirke B Everson Jr., Providence RI, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14372 5Q-E "Mary Beth".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard C "Slick" Penrose, Orland CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14372 P-51D 5Q-E "Beaver Chant". Slick is remembered as a pioneer in using the Internet to publicise the debt that we owe to the 8th Air Force for their role in ensuring our freedom. He passed peacefully away in the arms of his family at home in Bend, Oregon on 1 March 1999.

Photo: Capt. Richard Penrose
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard C "Slick" Penrose, Orland CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14372 P-51D 5Q-E "Beaver Chant". Dick seen with crew chief S/Sgt. Solomon Greenberg and assistant crew chief Cpl. Charles L Mills. The name Beaver Chant was derived from Slick’s university, Oregon State, where the sports teams are known as “Beavers” with the chant being the supporters’ encouragement chant. The colours of the lettering were intended to be in the Beaver’s colours of orange and black but the crew could not obtain orange paint so it ended up more like a yellow on blue.

Photo: Capt. Richard Penrose
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard C "Slick" Penrose, Orland CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14372 P-51D 5Q-E "Beaver Chant". Dick seen in the cockpit with crew chief S/Sgt. Solomon Greenberg on the wing.

Photo: Capt. Richard Penrose
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard C "Slick" Penrose, Orland CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14372 P-51D 5Q-E "Beaver Chant". In the cockpit for this photo is Lt. Lorne W Allers, St. Cloud MN with assistant crew chief Cpl. Charles L Mills on the far side. On the wing is crew chief S/Sgt. Solomon Greenberg with armorer Sgt. Kenneth R Willard on the bicycle.

Photo: Ken Willard
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard C "Slick" Penrose, Orland CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14372 P-51D 5Q-E "Beaver Chant".

Photo: Russell Abbey (www.55th.org)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard C "Slick" Penrose, Orland CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14372 P-51D 5Q-E "Beaver Chant".

Photo: Capt. Richard Penrose
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard C "Slick" Penrose, Orland CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14372 P-51D 5Q-E "Beaver Chant".

Photo: Capt. Richard Penrose
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Edgar B “Skinny” Gravette, Red Bluff CA. 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13378 5Q-F "Ollie". This a/c was lost on 12 December 1944 with Lt. Harry G Loskill becoming a POW.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Edgar B “Skinny” Gravette, Red Bluff CA. 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-7180 5Q-F "Ollie".

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Donald F Krueger, Lakewood OH, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72495 5Q-F "Bugs".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Donald F Krueger, Lakewood OH, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72495 5Q-F "Bugs". Crew: Cpl. Waller, armorer (L) S/Sgt. Ernest C Spence, crew chief (R).

Photo: Lt. Don Krueger
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Donald F Krueger, Lakewood OH, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72495 5Q-F "Bugs" but name not applied, only artwork.

Photo: Lt. Don Krueger
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Donald F Krueger, Lakewood OH, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72495 5Q-F "Bugs". Artwork of Bugs Bunny on port cowling.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard T Aldrich, Rock Island IL, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11640 5Q-F/ “Hell’s Fable”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Lee D "Dutch" Eisenhart, Hellerton PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106933 5Q-G "Bonny Bea".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Lee D "Dutch" Eisenhart, Hellerton PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106933 5Q-G "Bonny Bea".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Melvin L Cernicky, Arnold PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106933 5Q-G "Jeep". This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Cernicky from Dutch Eisenhart and in turn passed on to Lt. Croker. Lt. Cernicky is depicted here during training in the US alongside an Alison engined P-51A.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert C Croker, Whiting IA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106933 5Q-G "Madam Queen". This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Croker from Lt. Cernicky and eventually traded in for a new P-51D 44-72534 Also coded 5Q-G and named “Madam Queen”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106649 5Q-I taxiing out past the control tower at Fowlmere. Assigned pilot is currently unknown but it was lost on 17 August 1944 when Lt. William J Pastor, Phillipsburg NJ, was killed in action.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Frank D Guernsey Jr., Orlando FL, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14321 5Q-I “Barbara” (L) / “Esther” (R). Photo taken with Bill Routt’s “FABASCA”

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Frank D Guernsey Jr., Orlando FL, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14321 5Q-I “Barbara” (L) / “Esther” (R). Seen here taxiing past the 504th FS line-up whilst temporarily based at Bassingbourn due to PSP work being carried out at Fowlmere.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Frank D Guernsey Jr., Orlando FL, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14321 5Q-I “Barbara” (L) / “Esther” (R).

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Littlefriends.co.uk 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14321 5Q-I/ “B” / “Esther” This is Frank Guernsey’s 5Q-I either reassigned to an as yet unknown pilot or merely recoded from 5Q-I. This belly landing happened at Church Farm, Wendy on 5 February 1945 due to engine failure. Pilot at the time was Lt. Vernon N Barto.

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Littlefriends.co.uk 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14321 5Q-I/ “B” / “Esther”. View of the starboard side of 5Q-I/ crash seen above showing the name “Esther”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Merle F Caldwell, Greenville PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103737 5Q-J "The Yankee Kid III" & P-51D 44-14153 5Q-J "The Yankee Kid IV" (seen in this photo).

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Merle F Caldwell, Greenville PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103737 5Q-J "The Yankee Kid III".

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Merle F Caldwell, Greenville PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103737 5Q-J "The Yankee Kid III".

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Merle F Caldwell, Greenville PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103737 5Q-J "The Yankee Kid III".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Merle F Caldwell, Greenville PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14153 5Q-J "The Yankee Kid IV".

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Merle F Caldwell, Greenville PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14153 5Q-J "The Yankee Kid IV".

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Merle F Caldwell, Greenville PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14153 5Q-J "The Yankee Kid IV".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert T Wood, a Canadian from Raymond, Alberta, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14153 5Q-J. This a/c was reassigned from Lt. Caldwell and Capt. Wood was killed in action on 22 February 1945 whilst flying it.

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Littlefriends.co.uk 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11372 5Q-K seen here heading the 504th FS line-up at Bassingbourn due to PSP work being carried out at Fowlmere. Assigned pilot is currently unknown.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 504th Fighter Squadron P-51B 42-106947 5Q-L "Aphrodite II". Assigned pilot of this a/c is currently unknown.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 504th Fighter Squadron P-51D 44-14208 5Q-L "Patty III". Assigned pilot of this a/c is currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lawrence J "Jack" Barrett, Watonga OK, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72282 5Q-M "Watonga State Bank - safe and Dependable".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lawrence J "Jack" Barrett, Watonga OK, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72282 5Q-M "Watonga State Bank - Safe and Dependable".

Photo: Lt. Don Krueger
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Raymond H Creswell, Des Moins IA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14183 5Q-N.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Duane S "Swede" Larson, Regent ND, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106886 5Q-O "Swede".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Duane S "Swede" Larson, Regent ND, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106886 5Q-O "Swede".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert V Blizzard, Los Angeles CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106886 5Q-O "Punkie". Photo shows result of crash landing by Lt. Blizzard on 10 January 1945.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert V Blizzard, Los Angeles CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15499 5Q-O "Punkie II".

Photo: Vern Blizzard
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert V Blizzard, Los Angeles CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15499 5Q-O "Punkie II".

Photo: Martin Sheldrick
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert V Blizzard, Los Angeles CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15499 5Q-O "Punkie II".

Photo: Vern Blizzard
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert V Blizzard, Los Angeles CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15499 5Q-O "Punkie II".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert V Blizzard, Los Angeles CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15499 5Q-O "Punkie II". Pictured L-R are a.c.c. Sgt. William H Courtney, Spokane WA; Lt. Vern Blizzard and c.c. S/Sgt. Jesse L Russell, Conroe TX.

Photo: Vern Blizzard
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert V Blizzard, Los Angeles CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15499 5Q-O "Punkie II".

Photo: Vern Blizzard
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert V Blizzard, Los Angeles CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15499 5Q-O "Punkie II". Rarely seen view of the starboard side of Punkie II.

Photo: Vern Blizzard
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James M McLure, Alexandria LA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24804 5Q-P “Miss Priss”.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James M McLure, Alexandria LA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24804 5Q-P “Miss Priss”.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Luther L Corbin, Dalton, GA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106672 5Q-Q "Problem".

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Luther L Corbin, Dalton, GA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106672 5Q-Q "Problem". This belly landing happened on 18 May 1944. Pilot at the time was Lt. Harvey P Waymire.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frederick S Rutan Jr., Wallaston MA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103394 5Q-R/ “Whistler’s Wings”. The a/c was named for his friend Lt. Whistler who was killed in a training accident. Lt. Rutan became a POW flying this a/c on 29 July 1944.

Photo: National Archives
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15592 5Q-R. Assigned pilot is currently unknown. Second in line is Lt. Orcutt’s 44-14672 5Q-S “Lil Injun”.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gordon H Chenez, Detroit MI, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72082 5Q-R.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ely N Van Cleave, Lincoln NE, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13938 5Q-S. Lt. Van Cleave was killed in action on 26 November 1944 whilst flying this a/c.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Leon M Orcutt Jr., Huntington MA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14672 5Q-S “Lil Injun” (Louise on canopy rail).

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Leon M Orcutt Jr., Huntington MA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14672 5Q-S “Lil Injun” (Louise on canopy rail).

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Leon M Orcutt Jr., Huntington MA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14672 5Q-S “Lil Injun” (Louise on canopy rail).

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Will M Hudson, Union City TN, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11684 5Q-T "One Jane (L) White Lightnin'(R)".

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Will M Hudson, Union City TN, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11684 5Q-T "One Jane (L) White Lightnin'(R)". Although this a/c is fitted with the Hamilton Standard prop, close examination of the data block seen in the photo below confirms that this is in fact a "K" model and that the serial shown is correct.

Photo: Lt. Don Krueger
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Will M Hudson, Union City TN, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11684 5Q-T "One Jane (L) White Lightnin'(R)". See caption for the right side view above for confirmation as a "K" model.

Photo: Martin Sheldrick
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Will M Hudson, Union City TN, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11684 5Q-T "One Jane (L) White Lightnin'(R)". In shot is Lt. Roland W Smith, Hastings NY, pointing to the flag recording his destruction of an Me410 by strafing on 10 April 1945 whilst flying this a/c. Two Me109’s were to be added following a further strafing attack on 16 April.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard H Wilcox, Skaneateles NY, 504th Fighter Squadron, P-51B 42-106641 5Q-U "G’Bye Now". This a/c was lost on 2 August 1944 with Lt. Lewis H Schneider, Coraopolis PA, being killed in action.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ray N Atteberry, Albion IL, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106773 5Q-V "Dinny II". Lt. Atteberry became a POW on 29 July 1944 whilst flying P-51B 42-106642 5Q-#.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William T Hurley, Belmar NJ, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15021 5Q-W "Dopey Lou".

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William T Hurley, Belmar NJ, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15021 5Q-W "Dopey Lou". The a/c was reassigned to Capt. Kuhlman.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert M "Needles" Kuhlman, Detroit MI, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15021 P-51D 5Q-W "Anabel".

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert M "Needles" Kuhlman, Detroit MI, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15021 P-51D 5Q-W "Anabel". Seen here with Capt. Kuhlman is crew chief S/Sgt. James Walbourn in front with armorer Cpl. Morris W Crecelius on the far side.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert M "Needles" Kuhlman, Detroit MI, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15021 P-51D 5Q-W "Anabel". Poor quality photo but of historical interest due to misspelling of "Annabel" with second "n" crossed through!

Photo: Lt. Don Krueger
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert M "Needles" Kuhlman, Detroit MI. 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15021 P-51D 5Q-W "Anabel".

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert M "Needles" Kuhlman, Detroit MI, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15021 P-51D 5Q-W "Anabel". The name seen on the starboard side has not yet been determined.

Photo: Robert Kuhlman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Hervey S Stockman, Andover NJ, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106789 5Q-X "Fuxum".

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Hervey S Stockman, Andover NJ, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106789 5Q-X "Fuxum".

Photo: Harvey Stockman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Hervey S Stockman, Andover NJ, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106789 5Q-X "Fuxum".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Billy E Langohr, Columbia City IN, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106789 5Q-X, reassigned from Stockman.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harvey R Waymire, Denver CO, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106662 5Q-Y.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harvey R Waymire, Denver CO, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106662 5Q-Y. Photo shows result of a runaway prop and hydraulic failure on 16 July 1944. Pilot on that occasion was Dick Penrose, who deliberately locked the brakes to avoid hitting parked aircraft.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank T Waters Jr., Orange MA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24781 5Q-Z "Brother Bill" / "Miss Haag". "Brother Bill" was Frank's B-17 pilot brother shot down on his 6th mission to become a POW.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank T Waters Jr., Orange MA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24781 5Q-Z "Brother Bill" / "Miss Haag". "Miss Haag" was named by crew chief S/Sgt. Marion Tyson for his gal.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank T Waters Jr., Orange MA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24781 5Q-Z "Brother Bill" / "Miss Haag".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Clair M Mason, Marshalltown IA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14647 5Q-Z "Pedunk".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Clair M Mason, Marshalltown IA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72188 5Q-Z "Pedunk II". Pedunk II seen in the foreground here with Capt. Mason in control. Next in line is Lt. Gordon H Chenez, Detroit MI in 44-72082 5Q-R, whilst in the number three slot flying his 44-14001 5Q-D “Lou ‘n Sue” is Lt. Vernon N Barto of Depue IL.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Clair M Mason, Marshalltown IA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72188 5Q-Z "Pedunk II".

Photo: Lt. Don Krueger
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Carroll W Bennett, Burns OR, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### 5Q-# “My Darling”. Serial and a/c code at present unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Walter B Griffith, Bridgeport PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 5Q-# “Tamsin Lee”. Serial and a/c code at present unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Cephas Hermansen, Alden Station PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-##### 5Q-# "Diane" on right canopy rail. Serial and a/c code at present unknown although it has been reputed that 44-14070 5Q-H was "Diane". However, there is no photographic evidence as the a/c in shot here is a P-51K. Crewmen depicted along with Lt. Hermansen are crew chief S/Sgt. William H Courteney, Spokane, WA and T/Sgt. Carl L Hicks, Maryville, TN.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ralph P Thompson, Tomales CA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 5Q-# “Sassy Sis”. Serial # and code letter currently unknown. Lt. Thompson was involved in a belly-landing on 15 May 1944 in P-51B 42-106845 5Q-S which could possibly have been “Sassy Sis”.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Fred S Showker, Craigsville VA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### 5Q-# "Virginia Lee". Seems a pity not to know the serial # or a/c code for this one. Can anyone out there help?

Photo: Lt. Don Krueger
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Melville R Ball, Greenwich CT, 504th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jerome J Ballard, Detroit MI, 504th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Lt. Ballard became a POW on 20 March 1945 in P-51D 44-14647 5Q-A/ which had been recoded from 5Q-Z.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Arthur W Bates Jr., Bowling Green OH, 504th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Kenneth V Berguson, Cleveland Heights OH, 504th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Lt. Burguson was killed in a training accident on 20 March 1944 in P-51D 44-11189 5Q-#.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. G.P. Harry, Garwood TX, 504th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Lt. Harry joined the Squadron on 13 May 1944 and returned to the ZI on on 28 July, having sustained injury. No further details known at present.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ray F Herrmann, Charleston WV, 504th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Capt. Herrmann was killed in action on 22 February 1945 in Col. Clark’s P-51K 44-11745 5Q-C “Happy III”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Anthony J Kameen, Mountaintop PA, 504th Fighter Squadron Flight Surgeon.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Otis A Kurth, Wichita KS, 504th Fighter Squadron. Killed In Action 3 March 1945. Details of a/c involved currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Walter R O’Sullivan Jr., Harbeth PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Lt. O’Sullivan became a POW on 19 May 1944 in P-51C 42-103359 5Q-#.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William J Pastor, Phillipsburg NJ, 504th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Lt. Pastor was killed in action on 17 August 1944 in P-51B 42-106689 5Q-#.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert F Sargent, Youngstown OH, 504th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Henry G Thibert, Detroit MI, 504th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John R Trester, Shorewood WI, 504th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Arlen W Wells, Corvallis OR, 504th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Myer R Winkelman, Baird TX, 504th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not currently known. Lt. Winkelman was killed in action on 13 August 1944 in P-51D 44-13521 5Q-D.

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Littlefriends.co.uk See enlargement for Commanding Officer details.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Flight from 505th Fighter Squadron. Central and in the number three slot is P-51D 44-15318 6N-F “Esther” and named “Kitty’s Killer” on the left cowling. Pilot currently unknown. Also giving a good view of a Malcolm Canopy on P-51C 42-103955 6N-G. This flight is forming up in very familiar air-space with Duxford airfield visible in the lower left and their home field of Fowlmere at the top. Leading the flight in P-51D 44-15467 6N-K/ “Maureen Ann” is Capt. “Herky” Corey whilst in the number two slot on his wing is P-51D 44-15168 6N-L of Lt. Jerome Murphy.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Flight of 505th Fighter Squadron. Closest to the camera is P-51D 44-72437 6N-C “Pauline” of Lt.Col. Joe Thury. Next in line is P-51B 42-106657 6N-Q/ flown by Lt. Carr. Then comes P-51D 15427 6N-B of Lt. Burch and finally P-51D 44-15315 6N-Y “Miss E.T.O.” of Lt. George W Jones but flown by Lt. Gousie.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Nice shot of a 505th FS flight. A/c in view are 44-72384 6N-S "Elizabeth Jane" of Lt. Cecil Byrd; 44-15498 6N-A/ "Lone Star Lady" of Lt. Bertis Conner and 44-15001 6N-Z, formerly 6N-N "Silver Streak" of Capt. Bob Irion but currently unknown/unassociated in this guise.

Photo: Rich Keniston
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. John B Henry Jr., San Antonio TX, Headquarters Unit & Group Commanding Officer August 1943 – April 1945. P-51B 42-106676 6N-A "San Antone Rose". This a/c was reassigned to Owen Farmer as D7-H “Dibbo”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Col. John B Henry Jr., San Antonio TX, Headquarters Unit. P-51D 44-13370 6N-A "San Antone Rose". This a/c was reassigned as 6N-D and lost on 5 December 1944 with Lt. James A Baker, Fort Wayne IN being killed in action.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. John B Henry Jr., San Antonio TX, Headquarters Unit. P-51D 44-72255 6N-A "San Antone Rose".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John G Holloway, South Bend IN, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106812 6N-A/ “Sniffles”, seen here following a forced landing at RAF Manston on the Kent coast.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John G Holloway, South Bend IN, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13624 6N-A/ “Sniffles”. This a/c was lost on 23 September 1944 when Lt. James B Muller became a POW.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John G Holloway, South Bend IN, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13624 6N-A/ “Sniffles”. Inspecting slight damage received by debris from an Me109 shot down on 4 August 1944 are (L-R) crew chief S/Sgt Ronald Epstein, Cleveland OH; assistant crew chief Sgt. Vito S Claps, Brooklyn NY, and Lt. Holloway.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Bertis A Conner, Groves TX, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15498 6N-A/ “Lone Star Lady”. Lt. Conner became a POW on 2 March 1945 whilst flying P-51K 44-11363 6N-S “Elizabeth Jane” of Lt. Byrd.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald A Larson, Yakima WA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106646 6N-B “Mary Queen of Scotts”. Although pictured in the cockpit of a P-51D, Maj. Larson’s first assigned a/c was 42-106646 and lost on 24 May 1944 with Lt. Everett (q.v.) whilst escorting an F-5 reconnaissance Lightning.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald A Larson, Yakima WA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106819 6N-B “Mary Queen of Scotts”.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald A Larson, Yakima WA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106819 6N-B “Mary Queen of Scotts”. Interesting still from colour ciné film shot by Maj. Larson, of crew chief S/Sgt. David H Register Jr., Houston TX, applying the kill markings. Once the 339th got into full swing, these markings were printed locally in sheets and applied as required, giving a nice regular appearance as seen in Lt.Col. Thury’s “Pauline”. (see below)

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr.
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald A Larson. Yakima WA, 505th Fighter Squadron, Squadron C.O., P-51D 44-13881 6N-B "Mary Queen of Scotts". Named for his girlfriend Mary Scott, Maj. Larson was killed in action flying this a/c on 4 August 1944.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D of 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13### 6N-B “Marge L”. The full serial number and assignment of this a/c is currently unknown. Information needed on this one.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Billy B Booth, Blanchard MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15427 6N-B “Billy”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Billy B Booth, Blanchard MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15427 6N-B “Billie”. Crew member in picture as yet unidentified.

Photo : Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Joseph L Thury, St. Paul MN, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14656 6N-C “Pauline”.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Joseph L Thury, St. Paul MN, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72437 6N-C “Pauline”. Crew chief S/Sgt. Thomas H Miller, Houston TX seen nearest to camera with assistant crew chief Sgt. George J Mammosor, Chicago IL on far side of cowling.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Joseph L Thury, St. Paul MN, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72437 6N-C “Pauline”. Lt.Col. Thury seen here with his crew. Armorer is currently unidentified.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Joseph L Thury. St. Paul MN. 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72437 6N-C "Pauline".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wesley G Fish, Oakland CA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106920 6N-C/ "Butch". Photo shows landing accident on 14 July 1944 with Lt. Bernell V Shaw, Brookfield Centre CT, at the controls. Shaw had only been with the squadron since 11 July and unfortunately ended up as a POW on 24 August in 44-13385. Butch was previously assigned to Lt. William A Jones prior to him moving to 6N-E.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wesley G Fish, Oakland CA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106920 6N-C/ "Butch". Following the accident seen above, “Butch” is now loaded onto road transport ready to be taken away for salvage.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roland E Gousie, Pawtucket RI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14656 6N-C/ "Dottie". Lt. Gousie became a POW on 15 April 1945 whilst flying this a/c.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Major Archie A Tower, Winthrop NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14086 6N-D "Angel of Mercy". Maj Tower was the Squadron Operations Officer and is seen here (L) with Squadron C.O. Lt.Col. Thury(R).

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Major Archie A Tower, Winthrop NY, P-51D 44-73074 6N-D "Lucky Boy". Seen here with the ground crew: (L-R) T/Sgt. Carl L Hicks; crew chief S/Sgt. Thaddous M Sulima, Tucson AZ and assistant crew chief Sgt. Herbert C Ward, Kenosha WI.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold W Burch, Omaha NE, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72098 6N-D/.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold W Burch, Omaha NE, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72098 6N-D/ Note that bar is over the D, a common practice in the 339th.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William A Jones, Phoenix AZ, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 43-25038 6N-E “Impatient Virgin”. Lt. Jones became a POW on 11 September 1944 whilst flying P-51C 42-103742 6N-# “Man O’ War”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William A Jones, Phoenix AZ, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 43-25038 6N-E “Impatient Virgin”.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James R Hanson, Norfolk VA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13911 6N-E “Bolero”. This a/c was lost on 28 August 1944 when Lt. Russell W Wilcox was killed in action. He was forced to bail out in mid-channel, possibly due to flak damage, but unfortunately his parachute became fouled.

Photo : Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James G Robinson, Rocky River OH, Headquarters Unit (from 503rd Fighter Squadron). P-51D 44-14622 6N-E "Little One II".

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Oscar K Biggs, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72449 6N-E "Imogene".

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Oscar K Biggs, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72449 6N-E "Imogene".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold M Everett, Beverly Hills CA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106653 6N-F. This a/c was lost on 8 June 1944 with Lt. Joseph F Sawicki Jr., Bridgeport CT being killed in action. Lt. Everett was himself wounded and made a POW on 22 May 1944 in Maj. Larson’s P-51B 42-106646 6N-B “Mary Queen of Scotts”. He was fortunately rescued from captivity in September 1944, returned to the Squadron and completed his tour in November 1944.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 505th Fighter Squadron P-51D 44-15318 6N-F “Kitty’s Killer” (L) / ”Esther” (R). Assigned pilot currently unknown.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 505th Fighter Squadron P-51D 44-15318 6N-F “Kitty’s Killer” (L) / ”Esther” (R). Assigned pilot currently unknown. Crew Chief S/Sgt. Albert J Hermanson, Parma OH, seen in photo.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William H Krauss, Altavista VA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106784 6N-G "Hotka". Capt. Krauss was later assigned to P-51D 44-14383 6N-H.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Chris J Hanseman, Mondovi WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13556 6N-H "Eleanor IV".

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Chris J Hanseman, Mondovi, WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13556 6N-H "Eleanor IV". An original cadre pilot, Lt. Hanseman was killed in action flying this a/c on 29 July 1944.

Photo: Danny Morris
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Owen P Farmer Jr., Fort Scott KS, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13946 6N-H “Dibbo”. Crew with Capt. Farmer currently unidentified.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Owen P Farmer Jr., Fort Scott KS, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13946 6N-H “Dibbo”.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William H Krauss, Altavista VA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14383 6N-H "Umbriago". This a/c was lost on 6 February 1945 when Lt. Gerald W Palmer was killed in action. Severe weather conditions caused him to crash and his body was found in the a/c on the Isle of Wight.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. George T Rich, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14023 6N-H "Chute You're Faded".

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. George T Rich, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14023 6N-H "Chute You're Faded". Capt Rich is seen here with his crew chief S/Sgt. Thomas W Harris, Tampa FL, helping to adjust the experimental "G-suit" that was trialled by the 339th.

Photo: Thomas W Harris Jr.
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. George T Rich, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14023 6N-H "Chute You're Faded". Crew Chief S/Sgt. Harris in picture.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. George T Rich, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14023 6N-H "Chute You're Faded".

Photo: Nick King
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. George T Rich, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14023 6N-H "Chute You're Faded". This aircraft was lost on 3 March 1945 with Lt. Harry D Ziegler becoming a POW.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gerald E Graham, Grand Rapids MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14433 6N-I "Mary Lee".

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gerald E Graham, Grand Rapids MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106946 6N-I "Mary Lee". Crew Chief in picture currently unidentified but possibly S/Sgt. Charles J LeDuc, Paradise MI.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gerald E Graham, Grand Rapids MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106946 6N-I "Mary Lee".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gerald E Graham, Grand Rapids MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14433 6N-I "Mary Lee".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gerald E Graham, Grand Rapids MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14433 6N-I "Mary Lee".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James C Woolery, Bloomington IN, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14433 and 44-72512 both 6N-I "Pepper".

Photo: Jim & Pepper Woolery
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James C Woolery, Bloomington IN, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14433 and 44-72512 both 6N-I "Pepper". Jim pictured here with his crew, currently unidentified.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James C Woolery, Bloomington IN, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72512 6N-I "Pepper".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lawrence J Powell, Southgate CA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42106676 6N-I/ "Happy".

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lawrence J Powell, Southgate CA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14731 6N-I/ "Happy Jr". Lt. Powell became a POW on 14 January 1945 whilst flying this a/c.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Guyton, Pittsburgh PA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14705 6N-I/ "Eileen".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Guyton, Pittsburgh PA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14705 6N-I/ "Eileen". Bill's "Eileen" carried 2 very small sized pin-ups behind the spinner.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Evan M "Johnny" Johnson V, Pueblo CO, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13471 6N-J “The Comet”.

Photo: Nick King
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Evan M "Johnny" Johnson V, Pueblo CO, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13471 6N-J “The Comet”. Capt. Johnson seen here in conversation with Engineering Officer Capt. Pat C Bova, Oceanside CA.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Evan M "Johnny" Johnson V, Pueblo CO, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15039 6N-J "Pistol Packin' Mama". Following the loss of "The Comet", Capt. Johnson reverted to his original choice of nickname!

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Littlefriends.co.uk Line-up of 505th Fighter Squadron during their temporary relocation to Bassingbourn. In front is Capt. Evan M "Johnny" Johnson V’s P-51D 44-15039 6N-J "Pistol Packin' Mama". Next in line is Jay Marts’ 44-14239 6N-J/ "Junior". Then 44-14383 6N-H “Umbriago” of Capt. William H Krauss. Also visible is Chet Malarz’ 6N-M “Bison Bull” but unfortunately this shot still does not enable identification of the “D” model’s serial #. Modellers note the exhaust covers, somewhat different from the more normal “bung” type.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jay F Marts, Salem NJ, 505th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14239 6N-J/ "Junior".

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jay F Marts, Salem NJ, 505th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14239 6N-J/ "Junior". Crew chief S/Sgt. David H Register Jr., Houston TX seen in shot.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jay F Marts, Salem NJ, 505th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14239 6N-J/ "Junior".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jay F Marts, Salem NJ, 505th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14239 6N-J/ "Junior".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack S Daniel, Birmingham AL, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14734 P-51D 6N-K "Sweet and Lowdown (L) / Sweet ‘n Lowdown (R)".

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack S Daniel, Birmingham AL, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14734 P-51D 6N-K "Sweet and Lowdown (L) / Sweet ‘n Lowdown (R)". Crew chief S/Sgt. Albert J Hermanson, Parma OH seen with his charge.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack S Daniel, Birmingham AL, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14734 P-51D 6N-K "Sweet and Lowdown (L) / Sweet ‘n Lowdown (R)". Crew chief S/Sgt. Hermanson, illustrating the different text on the starboard side.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Stephen C Ananian, New York NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14734 P-51D 6N-K "Baby Mine". Reassigned from Lt. Daniel, Steve’s choice of "Baby mine" was taken from the song in the Disney film "Dumbo", that Dumbo's mother sang to him - "Baby mine, don't you cry".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Stephen C Ananian, New York NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14734 P-51D 6N-K "Baby Mine".

Photo: Lt. Steve Ananian
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Stephen C Ananian, New York NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14734 P-51D 6N-K "Baby Mine". View of starboard side of Steve’s “Baby Mine” showing that the name was applied to both sides.

Photo: Lt. Steve Ananian
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Stephen C Ananian, New York NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14734 P-51D 6N-K "Baby Mine". “Baby Mine” seen on 28 March 1945 and looking very sorry for itself. This belly-landing took place 3 miles SE of Colchester when Lt. Bill Guyton, who was flying it at the time, experienced engine failure.

Photo: Lt. Steve Ananian
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Stephen C Ananian, New York NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14734 P-51D 6N-K "Baby Mine".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harry R "Herky" Corey, Niagara Falls NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15467 6N-K/ (bar over) "Maureen Ann" (L) / "Maurine Ann" (R).

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harry R "Herky" Corey, Niagara Falls NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15467 6N-K/ (bar over) "Maureen Ann" (L) / "Maurine Ann" (R). In picture are crew chief S/Sgt. John E Earnest, Wayland IA and Sgt. George McFarlane, Abilene TX.

Photo: Nick King
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harry R "Herky" Corey, Niagara Falls NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15467 6N-K/ (bar over) "Maureen Ann" (L) / "Maurine Ann" (R).

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Arch B Luper, Albuquerque NM, 505th Fighter Squadron, P-51B 42-106807 6N-L. Lt. Luper was killed in action flying this a/c on 7 May 1944.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jerome T Murphy, Brainerd MN, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15168 6N-L. This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Murphy from Lt. Byrd’s 6N-S.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Evan M “Johnny” Johnson V, Pueblo CO, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106946 6N-M “Pistol Packin’ Mama”. Johnson’s assigned a/c prior to receiving the presentation a/c and having his initial as the code letter.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Chester NMI Malarz, Buffalo NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106946 6N-M "Bison Bull". This a/c was lost on 5 October 1944 when Steve Ananian bailed out into the North Sea on his first operational mission. (See Ramrod to Munster on this site)

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Chester NMI Malarz, Buffalo NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-1#### 6N-M "Bison Bull".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R MacClarence, North Plainfield NJ, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72725 6N-M "Iron Bird".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert E Irion, Axtell KS, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15001 6N-N "Silver Streak".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert E Irion, Axtell KS, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15001 6N-N "Silver Streak".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert E Irion, Axtell KS, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15001 6N-N "Silver Streak". Full side view of “Silver Streak” confirming the serial #.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert E Irion, Axtell KS, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15001 6N-N "Silver Streak".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James L Lynch, Fort H.G. Wright NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24796 6N-O "Jackie II".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Henry E Girzi jr., Superior, WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14776 6N-O "Arrow Head".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Henry E Girzi Jr., Superior, WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14776 6N-O "Arrow Head". This a/c was lost on 6 February 1945 with Lt. Kessler O Thomas being KIA returning from a mission when he crash landed at Nuthampstead due to bad weather conditions.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert H Paul Jr., Baltimore MD, P-51D 44-13377 6N-P "Night-Mare".

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert H Paul Jr., Baltimore MD, P-51D 44-13377 6N-P "Night-Mare". Photo shows result of a crash-landing at Fowlmere by Lt. Paul on 7 April 1945.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert H Paul Jr., Baltimore MD, P-51D 44-13377 6N-P "Night-Mare". Another photo of the crash-landing showing the “Mare” to the rear of the squadron code.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-14052 6N-P "Mariam", 505th Fighter Squadron. Pilot at present unknown. This a/c has been attributed to Herky Corey who says "it wasn't mine!"

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Littlefriends.co.uk 505th Fighter Squadron P-51B 43-6771 6N-P/ “Constance”, thought to be a “Clobber College” aircraft. Next in line is 44-14522 which had been assigned to the 4th FG with 6N-E/ in the background. Serial number is unknown for that one.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Vernon D Carr, Brockton MA, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106657 6N-Q/. Like many 339th a/c the bar was placed above the “Q”. It is believed that Lt. Carr shared this a/c with Lt. Becker.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Leo H Becker, Chicago IL, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13680 6N-R “The Roller”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Leo H Becker, Chicago IL, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13680 6N-R “The Roller”. Photo shows the result of a crash-landing by Lt. Becker on 4 November 1944 due to running out of gas. The a/c was finally written off when Lt. Becker sustained another crash-landing on 25 March 1945.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard B Olander, Racine WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11363 P-51D 6N-S "Therese".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard B Olander, Racine WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11363 P-51D 6N-S "Therese".

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard B Olander, Racine WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14170 6N-S "Therese".

Photo: Don Olander
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard B Olander, Racine WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11363 6N-S "Therese". Dick was killed in action on 17 January 1945 whilst flying Joe Thury's 44-15616 6N-C "Pauline". His own "Therese" was lost on 2 March 45 with Lt. Bertis A Conner Jr. becoming a POW.

Photo: Don Olander
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Cecil L Byrd, Polo IL, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15168 6N-S “Elizabeth Jane”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Cecil L Byrd, Polo IL, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15168 6N-S “Elizabeth Jane”. Crew members currently unidentified.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Cecil L Byrd, Polo IL, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15168 6N-S "Elizabeth Jane"

Photo: Lt. Cecil Byrd
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Cecil L Byrd, Polo IL, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15168 6N-S "Elizabeth Jane".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George NMI Knight, Lakewood RI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106720 6N-T.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George C Knight, Lakewood RI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106720 6N-T. This a/c was lost on 17 June 1944 when Lt. Walter M Armistead, Atlanta GA, became a POW.

Photo: Nick King
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William Jaaskelainen, Base Line MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103305 6N-U.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William Jaaskelainen, Base Line MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103305 6N-U. Seen here is the result of a take-off accident suffered by Lt. Jaaskelainen on 12 May 1944.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard G Thieme, Sheboygan WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14705 6N-W "Boomerang".

Photo: Dick Thieme
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard G Thieme, Sheboygan WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14705 6N-W "Boomerang".

Photo: Dick Thieme
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard G Thieme, Sheboygan WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14705 6N-W "Boomerang" Dick named it "because boomerangs always come back"!

Photo: Dick Thieme
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard G Thieme, Sheboygan WI. 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14705 6N-W "Boomerang".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard G Thieme. Sheboygan WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14705 6N-W "Boomerang".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James R Starnes, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106936 6N-X "Tar Heel".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James R Starnes, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14113 6N-X “Tar Heel”. L-R armorer Sgt. Fred M Harkey, Mount Holly NC; crew chief S/Sgt. Gabriel J Cutri, Downey CA; Jim Starnes; assistant crew chief Sgt. Stone D Howell, Searcy AR.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James R Starnes, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14113 6N-X “Tar Heel”. This a/c was lost on 26 November 1944 with Lt. Bert Stiles being killed in action.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James R Starnes, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14387 6N-X "Tar Heel".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James R Starnes, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14387 6N-X "Tar Heel".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James R Starnes, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72152 6N-X "Tar Heel". This was the last of Jim's assigned P-51's at Fowlmere.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James R Starnes, Wilmington NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72152 6N-X "Tar Heel".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George W Jones, Lenoir TN, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15315 6N-Y “Miss E.T.O.” L-R Lt. Jones, Cpl. Ruby Newell who had the P-51 named for her, and crew chief S/Sgt. Anthony M Fresella, Bronx NY.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George W Jones, Lenoir TN, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15315 6N-Y “Miss E.T.O.” Additional photo showing Cpl. Ruby Newell at the presentation ceremony and giving a good view of her portrait on the side of the P-51. Cpl. Newell was voted the most beautiful WAC in the ETO in a Stars and Stripes contest.

Photo: National Archives
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Michael G McPharlin, Toronto, Canada, Headquarters Unit. P-51B 42-106909 6N-Z "Wee Ginny". Maj. McPharlin was killed in action flying this a/c on 6 June 1944. At the time he was flying a mission with his old “Eagle Squadron” colleagues in the 4th Fighter Group.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William Jaaskelainen, Base Line MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106725 6N-Z "Lil Sack".

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William Jaaskelainen, Base Line MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106725 6N-Z "Lil Sack". Jim Starnes' P-51B 42-106936 6N-X "Tar Heel" in background.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William Jaaskelainen, Base Line MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106725 6N-Z "Lil Sack" Photo shows "C" Flight marking.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr.
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert W Bloxham, Arimo ID, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13379 6N-# “Miss Idaho”. Capt. Bloxham was killed in action flying this a/c on 6 February 1945

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Carl H Bundgaard, Withee WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### 6N-# “Little Phyl”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Carl H Bundgaard, Withee WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### 6N-# “Little Phyl”. Crew member on his left is currently unidentified.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Carl R Stewart. Utica NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14326 6N-# "Ticket Home".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Carl R Stewart. Utica NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14326 6N-# "Ticket Home". This a/c was lost when Lt. Stewart was involved in a mid-air collision whilst flying it on 25 September 1944.

Photo: Bill Jaaskelainen Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Leland M Stoudt, Reading PA, 505th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14413 6N-#. Lt. Stoudt was killed in action on 21 November 1944 in P-51D 44-14115 6N-#.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William M Beecher, Brooklyn NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. No known assigned a/c. Lt. Beecher joined the squadron on 13 February 1945 and was killed in action just seven days later on 20 February. He was flying Jim Starnes’ P-51B 42-106936 6N-X “Tar Heel” and crashed near Valenciennes, France possibly due to vertigo.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. J Brooks Bline, Annapolis IL, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert F Burns, Dearborn MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt Burns became a POW on 4 August 1944 in Capt. Farmer’s P-51D 44-13987 6N-H “Dibbo”.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard C Cain, Gowanda NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt Burns became a POW on 4 December 1944 in P-51D 44-14072 6N-#.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Herbert L Caywood, Shelton MO, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown however he is known to have suffered a take-off accident on 4 March 1945 in P-51D 44-15558 6N-L “Suzy Lee” which was lost shortly afterwards with F/O Coker (see below).

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Littlefriends.co.uk F/O. Joseph R Coker, Gardner FL, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. He became a POW on 31 March 1945 in P-51D 44-15558 6N-L “Suzy Lee”.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank T Evans, Indianapolis IN, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Phillip H Ewing, Easton MD, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. He bailed out near Alençon, France on 8 June 1944 having either been hit by flak or damaged by his own bomb blast. He managed to evade capture and returned to Fowlmere on 8 August. Aircraft involved was P-51B 42-106699 6N-#.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Kenneth C Gilbert, Jourdanton TX, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry F Howard, Colorado Springs CO, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Howard became a POW on 2 March 1945 in Lt. Robinson’s P-51D 44-14622 6N-E “Little One”.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Waldon E Howard, Seminole OK, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Howard was killed in action on 17 January 1945 in P-51B 42-106676 6N-Z “Princess Marie”.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. George J Hrico, Duquesne PA, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ellis E Hupp Jr., Columbus OH, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Boyd O Jackson, Harlem MT, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Jackson was killed in action on 21 November 1944 in P-51D 44-15306 6N-#.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Tom N Jessup, Atlanta GA, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Jessup joined the Squadron on 24 March 1945 and was unfortunately killed in a post-war training accident on 30 June, flying P-51D 44-15168 6N-L.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ralph M Knighton, Locust Grove VA, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold J Kotora, Chicago IL, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert J Kovar, Pittsburgh PA, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William A Lanfer, Fort Worth TX, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John H Laverick, Forty Fort PA, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Bayard F Lawes, Ferndale MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Phillip M Loveless Jr., Warren OH, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas W Marvel, East Orange NJ, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Peter J McMahon, Eldersville PA, 505th Fighter Squadron. Lt. McMahon was one of the original cadre of the 505th but details of his assigned a/c are currently unknown. He was though flying P-51C 42-103559 when Killed In Action on 11 July 1944. This a/c was coded 6N-C when assigned to Archie Tower but its code when lost is not known.

Photo: June Knaak
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Raymond M Mitchell Jr., Charlotte NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Capt. Mitchell became a POW on 23 September 1944 flying P-51D 44-14542 6N-#.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Moore, Tucson AZ, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Moore became a POW on 13 September 1944 flying P-51C 42-103756 6N-F.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William F Mudge Jr., Fall River, MA. P-51B “Mithouse Shouse” serial and code currently unknown. Col. John B Henry’s policy prohibited disgusting or profane names on the a/c. Change the first letter or two of each word around to get the name that Lt. Mudge intended!

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James B Muller, Maplewood NJ, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Muller became a POW on 23 September 1944 flying P-51D 44-13624 6N-A/ “Sniffles III” of Capt. Holloway.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gerald W Palmer, Ladysmith WI, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown but killed in action on 6 February 1945 in P-51D 44-14383 6N-H “Umbriago” of Capt. William H Krauss.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John NMI Pesanka, Pittsburgh PA, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Phillippi, Camden AL, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Langhorne NMI Reid Jr., Kansas City MO, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. John R Reynolds, San Antonio TX, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Maj. Reynolds was killed in action on 10 September 1944 in P-51D 44-14069 6N-B

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John J Rice, Hartford CT, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard A Rohm, Los Angeles CA, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Bernell V Shaw, Brookfield Centre CT, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Shaw became a POW on 24 August 1944 flying P-51D 44-13385 6N-#.

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Littlefriends.co.uk F/O. George W Shepard Jr., Graham NC, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Andrew NMI Sirochman, Cleveland OH, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Sirochman bailed out of P-51B 42-106918 6N-Q on 13 August 1944 due to damage sustained from an exploding train. He was found by the French Resistance and returned to Fowlmere on 9 September, completing his tour on 17 October.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Slovak, El Campo TX, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Slovak was killed in action on 13 September 1944 in P-51D 44-13847 6N-J

Photo: 339th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Floyd W Smith, Bismark IL, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Theodore R Staggers, Fairmont WV, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Staggers became a POW on 11 September 1944 whilst flying P-51D 44-13616 6N-U “Baggy Pants”, previously Lt.Col. Thury’s “Pauline”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. LeRoy A Steiger, East Orange NJ, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Bert NMI Stiles, Denver CO, 505th Fighter Squadron. Author of "Serenade to the Big Bird". Lt. Stiles was an ex B-17 pilot with the 401st BS, 91st BG who, having completed his tour, wanted to fly a tour in fighters. Assigned a/c currently unknown. He was killed in action on 26 November 1944 in P-51D 44-14113 6N-X “Tar Heel” of Jim Starnes and was last seen chasing an FW190. Both were seen to crash and it is believed that Lt. Stiles was killed due to target fixation..

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roland W Strong, Bandon OR, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Strong became a POW on 4 August 1944 whilst flying P-51B 43-24773 6N-R.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard H Tannous, Pelham Manor NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Kessler O Thomas, Cisco TX, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Thomas was killed in action on 6 February 1945 in P-51D 44-14778 6N-O “Arrow Head”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Arthur E Tongue Jr., New York NY, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Tongue was killed in action on 6 August 1944 in P-51D 44-13632 6N-#.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Laird D Travis, Smicksburgh PA, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Travis was killed in action on 18 November 1944 in P-51D 44-15368 6N-# “Nornie”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Evergard L Wager, Battle Creek MI, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Wager was killed in action on 30 March 1945 in P-51D 44-72065 6N-H “Dibbo” of Capt. Owen Farmer.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Russell W Wilcox, East Greenwich RI, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Wilcox was killed in action on 28 August 1944 in P-51D 44-13911 6N-E.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John C Withers, Washington DC, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Allen D Young, Salt Lake City UT, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Young became a POW on 18 November 1944 whilst flying P-51D 44-14729 6N-# “Betty Lou”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry D Ziegler, Norristown PA, 505th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Ziegler became a POW on 3 March 1945 whilst flying Capt. George Rich’s P-51D 44-14023 6N-H “Chute! You’re Faded”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Carl T Goldenberg, Lynchburg VA, Headquarters Unit. P-51K 44-11676 “Honey Chile”. Code letters for this a/c currently unknown

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Vernon B Hathorn Jr., Harvey LA, Headquarters Unit. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Robert D Long, Coral Gables FL, Headquarters Unit. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Carroll H Wight, Temple TX, Headquarters Unit. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

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Littlefriends.co.uk 339th Fighter Group Flight Surgeons. From L-R: Maj. Emil A Stricker, St. James MO, Headquarters Unit; Capt. Anthony J Kameen, Mountaintop PA, 504th Fighter Squadron; Capt. Frederick R Scroggins, Williamstown KY 505th Fighter Squadron and Capt. Byron C Stuhlman, Dayton OH, 503rd Fighter Squadron.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Due to the on-site database not permitting the easy insertion of additional material into the correct order, latter additions to the gallery will be added here, as received and in no particular order.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Engine failure was the cause of this belly-landing, 2 miles east south-east of Debden, on 23rd February 1945. Although the regular pilot of P-51D 44-15291 D7-N is currently unknown, the pilot involved in the incident shown was Lt. Richard E Krauss.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified armorers of the 503rd Fighter Squadron in the process of preparing a P-51 for a ground attack mission.

Photo: NARA
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Lee D "Dutch" Eisenhart, Hellerton PA, 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106933 5Q-G "Bonny Bea". Seen with Dutch in this shot are crew chief S/Sgt. Arlan E Mitchell, assistant crew chief Cpl. Richard Lewey, Plantation, FL and armorer Cpl. Garry H Weinhold, Santa Rosa, CA.

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Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-13773 5Q-T of the 504th Fighter Squadron, bellied in 1 mile East of Luton on 11 August 1944 due to engine failure. Pilot Lt. Ely N Van Cleave was fortunately uninjured.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William E Langohr, Columbia City, IN., 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11684 5Q-X “Kitty Blue Eyes”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Ground Crews of 504th Fighter Squadron “B” Flight. See enlargement for names.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Col. John B Henry Jr., San Antonio, TX., Headquarters Unit. P-51D 44-72255 6N-A "San Antone Rose".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Bertis A Conner, Groves, TX., 505th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15498 6N-A/ “Lone Star Lady”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk 505th Engineering personnel seen in front of Lt. Mudge’s “Mithouse Shouse”. See enlargement for names.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Kenneth E Moreland, Fort Dodge, IA., 503rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-64012 D7-H “Irish Eyes”. This is the replacement aircraft for the earlier P-51K 44-12160, also D7-H “Irish Eyes” written off in a take-off accident due to engine failure on 3rd April 1945.

Photo: Lesley Loper
  


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