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P-51B 43-6385 YF-B_ "Shanghai Lil / Bunky III" after a landing accident on 6 Aug '44. Cause was the dinghy attachment strap coming loose in flight and making contact with the fuse box located just above the floor on the right side of the cockpit. The plug was also resting on the right control cable. A short circuit resulted, burning the cable completely through and resulting in the loss of the use of that control. Pilot Lt. Peter J Pearson managed a three point landing but due to the control loss was unable to stop, resulting in the accident. This a/c was soon back in service and was lost on 28 Aug when Lt. John J Gilmore Jr. was KIA flying her.

Photo: Mrs Nan Pearson

 

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