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Littlefriends.co.uk 434th Fighter Squadron. Although the squadron insignia shown on the database page was the official one, when the P-38s were exchanged for P-51s this logo was adopted instead. It was more popular with the pilots flying the P-51 and was seen on many of the flying jackets (Harold Lyle Stotts for example). Information received via the late Fred Hayner.

Artwork by Nick King
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank Grdenich. 434th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c at present unknown. Posted as MIA/evaded on 19 June 1944 in P-38J 42-28456 L2-T but was in fact KIA on this date.

Photo: Kathy Fleming
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 43-7040 L2-3 a w/w P-51B of Clobber College. Note fin fillet and unusual presentation of serial.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Flamm D Harper, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-38J L2-# “Mary Anna”, serial and a/c code letter currently unknown. This was one of S/Sgt. Fred Hayner’s earlier efforts and named for Lt. Harper’s wife Mary and daughter Dee Anna.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Col. James M Herren Jr. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 42-68008 L2-A “Touché”. On return from a mission, the then Maj. Herren was met by some “Big Wheels” of the 479th who presented him with his silver Oak Leaves on his promotion to Lt. Col. From L-R: Lt. Col. Sidney S Woods, Group C.O.; Jim Herren; Lt. Col. William F Stenten, Group Exec.; Maj. Frank R Silver 434th FS Exec; Capt. Claire A. P. Duffie and Maj. William T McElhinney, Group Flight Surgeon.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James M Hollingsworth, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14892 L2-A. Capt Hollingsworth was forced to bail out on 25 December 1944 to become a PoW, having been rammed from behind by an enemy a/c.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Claire A. P. Duffie, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14355 L2-A- “Give ‘em Hell for H. L. Jr.”. Note position of the bar in front of the “A”. The belly landing by Maj. Duffie at Martlesham Heath shown in the photo was due to engine failure on 27 September 1944.

Photo: S. Evans via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William H Gates. 434th Fighter Squadron P-51D 44-15325 L2-B “Swanee Jr”. This a/c was reassigned as L2-I and lost on 25 December 1944 with Lt. Wendell H Marlowe who was KIA

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George D Hendrix, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 42-68177 L2-C “Tarzana”. Lt. Hendrix named his P-38 after his hometown in California. Tarzana was the name of the ranch owned by author Edgar Rice Burroughs who named it after his fictional character Tarzan. The name was adopted by the people who resided in the town that grew around that area.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold E Matthews. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14845 L2-C "Tenacious Torchy". Crew Chief and assistant currently unknown. Armourer Cpl. Wilfred D Lessard is second from left.

Photo: Randall Delaware & the Lessard family
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roy M. Rossel Jr. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### L2-F “Trail Blaser”.

Photo: Lt. Rossel via James Bohs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roy M. Rossel Jr. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### L2-F “Trail Blaser”. Note that this a/c also had the name “Jo” on the right canopy rail. The single victory marking is for an Ar234 destroyed on 13 April 1945 at Lübeck-Blankensee airfield. At the time, Lt. Rossel was flying in the White 2 position – wingman to Maj. Robin Olds.

Photo: Lt. Rossel via James Bohs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roy M. Rossel Jr. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### L2-F “Trail Blaser”. Unusual shot of the right canopy rail and left lower cowling panel showing the lettering style.

Photo: Lt. Rossel via James Bohs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roy M. Rossel Jr. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### L2-F “Trail Blaser”. Lt. Rossel is seen here showing his “G” suit to good advantage. Identity of the P-51 he is sitting on cannot be determined.

Photo: Lt. Rossel via James Bohs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John T Golden 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14856 L2-G “Junior”. He became a PoW on 16 April 1945 when he belly-landed 10 miles west of Regensburg.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Frank J Keller, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 42-104140 L2-I Crew Chief was S/Sgt. Norval Baker of Hot Springs, AR Frank claimed two enemy a/c destroyed, one of which was the first confirmed ground claim for the fledgling 479th FG.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Frank J Keller, 434th Fighter Squadron. Seen here in the cockpit of his P-38J 43-28377 L2-I “Hilo Hattie”. Pilot and aircraft were lost on 9 August 1944 with Keller ending up as a PoW until May 1945.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Walter M Drake 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14288 L2-I “Margie”. Margie was in black and yellow. Drake claimed a total of four enemy aircraft destroyed. When Lt. Drake rotated home, the a/c was reassigned to Lt. Wendell H Marlowe as L2-F “Peregrine Jr”. The aircraft was lost on 29 November 1944 due to unknown causes and Lt. Marlowe was himself KIA on 25 December 1944 in 44-15325 L2-I.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Keith E Canella, Santa Ana, CA. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 43-28731 L2-K “Sweet Mary”. He was listed as MIA in this a/c on 22 June 1944 and subsequently confirmed as being KIA.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Keith E Canella, Santa Ana, CA. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 43-28731 L2-K “Sweet Mary”. Lt. Canella was killed in action in this a/c on 22 June 1944.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold Lyle Stotts, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14523 L2-K “The Yakima Chief” named for his hometown Yakima, WA which was in turn named after the local Yakima Indian tribe, hence the head dress artwork

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold Lyle Stotts, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14523 L2-K “The Yakima Chief”. Seen here L-R Crew chief S/Sgt. Stephen O Coakley, Norwood, MA.; Lt. Stotts and armorer Cpl. Ramon A Martinez, Copeland, KS

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold Lyle Stotts, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14523 L2-K “The Yakima Chief”, pictured here with one of the Wattisham hangars as a backdrop.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold Lyle Stotts, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14523 L2-K “The Yakima Chief”. The “Chief seen this time in flight.

Photo: Lt. Stotts. Artwork by Fred Hayner
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold Lyle Stotts. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14523 L2-K "The Yakima Chief" Original artwork by Fred Hayner.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Arnold G Helding. 434th Fighter Squadron P-38J 43-28714 L2-L “Lucky Lady”. This P-38 was lost due to flak on 22 June 1944 with Lt. Leroy Lutz being KIA.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert Bromschwig. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14423 L2-L "Kraut Knocker". Artwork by Fred Hayner.

Photo: Fred Hayner
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert B Kline, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14395 L2-M “The Onley Genevieve IV”. One of at least five a/c to bear this series of names. It is seen here having crash-landed at Apramont-la-Vendée, France on 2 August 1945 having suffered engine failure whilst being flown by Lt. Harold M Jenkins.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert B Kline, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14395 L2-M “The Onley Genevieve IV”. Lt. Harold Lyle Stotts in his 44-14532 L2-K “The Yakima Chief” is seen close on his wing whilst the final a/c in view is L2-J.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Bailey A Williams 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14373 L2-N "Teddie 4".

Photo: courtesy of the Lessard family
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Arthur F Jeffrey, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 42-104425 L2-O “Boomerang”. Crew Chief was S/Sgt. Nevoy C Hummel.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Arthur F Jeffrey, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14423 L2-O “Boomerang Jr”. Like many 479th FG pilots, Jeffrey used the same name as that on his earlier P-38 but added “Junior” to it to account for the diminutive size of the P-51 in comparison. Jeffrey’s other P-51, a “K” model 44-11674 was also coded L2-O and named “Boomerang Jr.”.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gail E Jacobson, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15380 L2-P “Burn’ n Bernie”.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John T Tipps 434th Fighter Squadron. P-38J (serial # unknown) L2-R “The Zanies Wildcat” named for Kate Zanies, superintendent of his Oklahoma High School. Lt. Tipps shot down an Me109on 6th July 1944 and claimed one more enemy a/c on the ground.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John T Tipps 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14311 L2-R “The Wildcat”. Crew Chief S/Sgt. Cullie D Flynn is seen with Lt. Tipps. Flynn has fitted a Spitfire rear-view mirror as well as a small interior mirror. This a/c was lost on 19 October 1944 when Capt. George W Gleason had to bail out 1 mile south of Calais due to “friendly” anti-aircraft fire.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Donald J Pierce, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72336 L2-R “Setonia No 3”. The name “Miss Sara M” is painted on the canopy rail. Crew Chief in picture is S/Sgt. Tom O’Grady. Note victory markings above the exhaust stacks.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Donald J Pierce. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72336 L2-R “Setonia No. 3

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Donald H Stott. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14629 L2-S “Shoo Shoo Baby”. It appears that Lt Stott took over the P-51 assigned to Lt. Morrow as he has kept the name carried on from Lt. Morrow's P-38. Lt. Stott was killed in action flying this a/c on 16 April 1945. Crew Chief Sgt. Maxcy O Corder is seen to the right of the photo. Other crew member is unknown but could well be the armorer named on the a/c: H Graham.

Photo: Dan Gardner
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John W Morrow. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-38J L2-S “Shoo Shoo Baby”. Serial # currently unknown. Lt. Morrow seen here with Crew Chief Sgt. Maxcy O Corder to his left. The other two crew members are unknown but the dog was named “Bolivar J Dragass”! It looks as though Lt. Morrow had P-51D 44-14629, also named "Shoo Shoo Baby" for a while before passing it to Lt. Stott and moving to the L2-R code where his P-51D was serial # 44-15086 and named "Cactus Jack".

Photo: Dan Gardner
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Donald H Stott. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14627 L2-S "Pauline". Cpl. Lessard seen filling the tanks. This a/c named for his wife Pauline.

Photo: courtesy of the Lessard family
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Donald H Stott, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14627 L2-S “Pauline”. This a/c was lost on 30 October 1944 when Lt. Douglas I Holmes became a PoW due to extreme weather conditions causing severe damage to the a/c. Following the loss of this L2-S, it seems that Lt. Stott took over "Shoo Shoo Baby" from Lt. Morrow and kept the name.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ronald L Maley. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11214 L2-T "Tommy Trojan". On the left in the photo is Lt. John N Murr.

Photo: Capt Maley via Robert Kuppe
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Air Force Day 1945 at Wattisham, home of the 479th Fighter Group and thousands of curious English civilians got their first close up of the P-51 Mustang. Captain Clarence Haynes sits astride the cowling of Lt. Robert I Bromschwig’s 44-15381 L2-T “Kraut Knocker”. Note that the tape has been removed from the flare chute opening. Names of crew in panel are: Cpl. Neil Dornbos, crew chief and Pfc. Henry W Briggs, armorer.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eugene E Sears, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15317 L2-U “American Maid”. Lettering was red with yellow stars and red white and blue “Maid”.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eugene E Sears. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15317 L2-U "American Maid". Artwork by the pilot, Lt. Sears.

Photo Fred Hayner
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eugene E Sears, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15317 L2-U “American Maid”. View shows right hand side of a/c with the crew chief running the engine up to test the magnetos.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Berkeley E Hollister, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 42-68147 L2-V “Little Edris”. Crew Chief was S/Sgt Tom O’Grady of Brenham, TX who was chief on all L2-V aircraft in the 434th. This particular one was lost on 15 July 1944 when Lt. Flamm D Harper became an evader.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Berkeley E Hollister, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14651 L2-V “Pin Up Girl”. Seen applying the colourful lettering on this Mustang is 434th Squadron painter, S/Sgt Frederick C Hayner (known as “Hayner the Painter). When this a/c was reassigned from Lt. Hollister to Lt. John C Donnell Jr., the “Varga Girl” artwork was added. Unfortunately the a/c was lost with Lt. Donnell on 14 February 1945 who was KIA.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John C Donnell Jr. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14651 L2-V "Pin Up Girl". Killed in action in this aircraft 14 February 1945. Artwork by Fred Hayner

Photo: Fred Hayner
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Berkely E Holister. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14651 L2-V "Pin Up Girl". Varga girl added when a/c taken over by Donnell. Original artwork by Fred Hayner.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Robin Olds, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14426 L2-W “Scat #5”. Crew Chief on L2-W was S/Sgt. Glen A Wold, seen standing by the wing root, with Carl O Ayers, Assistant Crew Chief, standing on the wing. The unidentified crew member leaning on the drop tank is most likely the armorer.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. (now Brig.Gen.) Robin Olds. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11746 L2-W "Scat VI". Artwork by Fred Hayner. Although a "K" model, Scat VI appears to have been retro-fitted with a Hamilton Standard prop.

Photo: Lt. Stotts
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. (now Brig.Gen.) Robin Olds. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11746 L2-W "Scat VI". Original artwork by Fred Hayner.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas C Olson, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-38J (serial # not known) L2-W “Lelah May”. The name “The Slugger” appeared on the right side of the nose. On the left is a.c.c. Alworth D Larson and on the right, c.c. T/Sgt. Loy C Slaton.

Photo: Gossard via Tom Ivie
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Laurie A Hendrickson, 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11761 L2-X “Miss Georgia Carol. The a/c was named for his daughter by crew chief T/Sgt. Milan J Stanovich.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William H Hehn. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14596 L2-X "Rumboogie Jr".

Photo: USAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold F Grenning Jr. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14393 L2-Y “Flat Top Jr.”. Crew Chief S/Sgt. John Gilchrist cleans down the cowling of his charge.

Photo: Lt. Harold Grenning Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold F Grenning Jr. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14393 L2-Y “Flat Top Jr.”. Lt. Grenning commits the sin of smoking within the 50ft limit of an aircraft. Many pilots did in fact light up a cigarette once headed for home. Note the last four digits of the serial number stencilled on some of the panels. The three crosses denote Lt. Grenning’s final tally.

Photo: Lt. Harold Grenning Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James L Wallace. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 44-23169 L2-Z “Sleepy Time Gal”. Showing a fine example of S/Sgt. Fred Hayner’s work, in this instance another “Varga Girl”. Lt. Wallace was KIA in this a/c on 15 August 1944. Crew Chief was S/Sgt. C Perkins.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William H “Hank” Daudistel 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63175 L2-Z “The Impatient Virgin”. Seen here at Wattisham with two RAF Cadets.

Photo: Fred Hayner via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William H Daudishel. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63176 L2-Z "The Impatient Virgin" (L) "Mickey's M" (R)

Photo: Fred Hayner
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wallace A Rudat. 435th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14345 J2-B “Little Joan”.

Photo: Trevor Parker who would be pleased to hear from any of Lt. Rudat’s family or friends. Contact via web site.
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wallace A Rudat. 435th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14345 J2-B “Little Joan”.

Photo: Trevor Parker who would be pleased to hear from any of Lt. Rudat’s family or friends. Contact via web site.
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ray K Friend 435th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63236 J2-J “Sweet El II”. His earlier P-51D “Sweet El”, also coded J2-J was serial number 44-14378.

Photo: Gossard via Tom Ivie
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Verne E Hooker, 435th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14827 J2-N.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Verne E Hooker, 435th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14827 J2-N. Verne’s Mustang takes off for an escort mission deep into Germany, heavily laden with two 110 gallon pressed steel drop tanks.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk A flight of Mustangs from the 435th Fighter Squadron, photo taken from the number four ship. At the far side, number 2 is 44-14263 J2-J “Roarin’ Rose” , flown by Capt. John J Coursey Jr. Number 1 is Capt. Verne E Hooker’s a/c 44-14827 J2-N and number 3 is 44-15236 J2-G.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Another view of the same flight seen above

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Phillip D Gossard, Cincinnati, OH. 435th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 43-23663 J2-O “Ruth”. His later P-51D was named “V for Val”. Crew in shot are currently unknown.

Photo: Tom Ivey
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Phillip D Gossard, Cincinnati, OH. 435th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14354 J2-O “V For Val”. Crew in shot are currently unknown.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Phillip D Gossard, Cincinnati, OH. 435th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14354 J2-O “V For Val”.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gordon L Doolittle. 435th Fighter Squadron. P-38J J2-P (serial number currently unknown). Crew Chief S/Sgt. Ed Campbell on left of photo with armorer Donald A Lagesse next to him. Information needed please on the identity of the assistant crew chief on the right.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gordon L Doolittle. 435th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14406 J2-P "Mugs". At left is Crew Chief S/Sgt. Ed Campbell.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51B 43-6865 J2-Q_ converted to a two seater. This a/c gave good value for the dollars spent on its purchase. It came to the 479th via the 20th FG where, as KI-Q it served as a war-weary hack and had previously seen operational service with the 352nd FG as PZ-X and PZ-M_ . Note the unusual presentation of the serial number on this one where the "4" of the "43" fiscal year denominator is shown.

Photo: Bill Power
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Pilots of the 436th Fighter Squadron. Date unknown and identification wanted.

Photo: Danny Morris
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Littlefriends.co.uk Taxiing accident at Station 377 Wattisham on 4 January 1945. P-51B 43-12451 9B-3 “Ruth” of Clobber College with Lt. George P Rossman at the controls was in collision with P-51D 44-14624 9B-W “Lady Kay” being piloted by Lt. Richard P Thrall.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Hans J Grasshoff, 436th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14574 9B-J “Little Zippie”. Capt. Grasshoff’s earlier P-38J was also named “Little Zippie” and coded 9B-J.

Photo: Henry Plunk
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Henry P Plunk 436th Fighter Squadron and crew chief S/Sgt. H R Green. P-51D 44-14532 9B-O “Ambrosia”.

Photo: Henry Plunk
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Henry P Plunk. 436th Fighter Squadron P-51D 44-14532 9B-O “Ambrosia”.

Photo: Henry Plunk
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Henry P Plunk 436th Fighter Squadron and crew chief S/Sgt. H R Green. P-51D 44-14532 9B-O “Ambrosia”.

Photo: Henry Plunk
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas H Thompson 436th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 9B-R “Weezy”. Seen here stuck in Wattisham’s mud due to having ran off the runway. The Mustang was named and painted by the pilot who named it for his wife Louise.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas E Meyers 436th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14613 9B- “As-cend Charlie”. Lt. Meyers is seen here with his crew, from L-R: B N Armstrong (a.c.c.) Harold e Virgin Jr. (c.c) and George E Bozeth (arm). This a/c became 9B-3 and was involved in a post-war mid-air collision when piloted by Lt. Ernest J Hopcroft. Other a/c involved was 44-13902 9B-K piloted by Lt. Marvin A Olson.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified, 436th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14567 9B-#

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Pilots of 436th Fighter Squadron photographed in January 1945. Many blanks to be filled in with the names so if you recognise anyone, please let me know. Key to photo with enlargement.

Photo: James Shonborn
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James A Bouchier. 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14232 L2-#. The a/c acting as a backdrop is 44-14232 as can be see from the “last four” stencilled on the panels. Lt Bouchier was shot down by “friendly” fire on 25 December 1944 whilst flying 44-15376 in the same action where Maj. George Preddy of 352nd FG was killed. Bouchier was luckier in that he was able to bail out and return to his unit.

Photo: Sam Sox Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wilbert (NMI) Mueller, 435th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14333 J2-M “Little George”. Lt. Mueller suffered a take-off accident in this a/c on 8 November 1944.

Photo: a.c.c. Jack Zianni via Michael Zianni
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wilbert (NMI) Mueller, 435th Fighter Squadron. P-38J serial # currently unknown J2-M “Pretty Mickey”. Seen from L-R are crew chief, S/Sgt. Thompson; Lt. Mueller and assistant crew chief Sgt. Jack Zianni.

Photo: a.c.c. Jack Zianni via Michaerl Zianni
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D J2-P of 435th Fighter Squadron. Details of this aircraft and assignment are still subject to research.

Photo: a.c.c. Jack Zianni via Michaerl Zianni
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Billy C Means, 435th Fighter squadron, P-51D J2-L “Hell-Un". Serial number of this aircraft is currently unknown. Seen in photo are from L-R assistant crew chief Sgt. Jack Zianni; Capt. Means and crew chief S/Sgt. Ed Schraeder.

Photo: a.c.c. Jack Zianni via Michael Zianni
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lawrence A Keefe Jr., 435th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##176 J2-D “Butch” named after his High School girlfriend. Seen sitting on the wing is assistant crew chief Sgt. Edmund D “Bud” Schreiber, Baltimore City, MD. The serial number of this a/c is currently being researched, as the one given in the Terry Fairfield unit history 44-11176 was issued to the RAF as KH649. Only possibilities are 44-63176 and 44-72176.

Photo: John McIntyre
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Pasquale J “Bud” Romano, Collingswood, NJ., 436th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14576 9B-B/ “Pepe’s Pregnant Pride”. Crew chief of 9B-B/ was S/Sgt. Oren C Newton and is most likely on the left in the photo. Other crew member is currently unknown. The P-51 was named after the character Pépé le Moko from the film Algiers, played by Charles Boyer, whom Lt. Romano was fond of imitating. The “Pregnant Pride” is believed to refer to the distinctive profile of the P-51. 44-14576 was lost 11 March 1945 when Lt. Lewis C Smith bailed out 20 miles E of Lowestoft, due to engine failure, and succumbed to hypothermia despite Air-Sea Rescue being on scene within approximately 30 minutes.

Photo: Christina Romano
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Leroy F Lutz, 434th Fighter Squadron, P-38J serial and code currently unknown but named “Jack The Ripper”. Lt. Lutz was killed in action on 22 June 1944 when, hit by ground fire, he stayed with his aircraft to prevent it crashing into the town of Mardeuil, France. At the time he was flying Lt. Helding’s 43-28714 L2-L “Lucky Lady”.

Photo: Lutz-Maddock family
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Heinz W Detlefsen, Manning, IA., 435th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14294 J2-#. Lt. Detlefsen was killed in action on 8 November 1944 when he was involved in a mid-air collision with Lt. Thomas V Smith in 44-14598 J2-#. Lt. Smith survived the impact to become a POW.

Photo: David Kusel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Heinz W Detlefsen, Manning, IA., 435th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Detlefsen is seen here in his earlier P-38 (details currently unknown) showing the cockpit to cadets from a local ATC Squadron. If any of the cadets in the photo recognise themselves, I would be pleased to hear from them.

Photo: David Kusel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk "War weary" P-51B 43-12460 9B-2 “Bottleneck” of the 479th FG’s “Clobber College”, thought to be flown on this occasion by Lt. Gerold M Mulvany of 436th FS. Photo taken from the B-17 piloted by Lt. Charles D. Haynes, 303rd BG, 359th BS.

Photo: Charles D. Haynes via Charles D. Haynes Jr
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Clarence L Waters, Saginaw, MI, 434th Fighter Squadron. Details of any assigned P-51 are currently unknown but Lt. Walters is seen here on the wing of 44-14627 L2-S “Pauline” of Lt. Donald A Stott.

Photo: Thomas Walters
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Donald A Dunn, Bellingham, WA, 436th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14767 9B-K “Ding Hao II”, his earlier assigned P-38 being named “Ding Hao”. P-38 details currently unknown.

Photo: Andrew Chadbourne
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Francis C Schiess, 434th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-13864 L2-Q “Lil’ Trouble!” (L) “Lil’ Goody” (R). Originally assigned to Lt. Arnold Helding, this P-51 was reassigned to Lt. Schiess on 29th January 1945 after Lt. Helding had completed his tour. It appears that the nicknames on the plane were retained by Lt. Schiess. It was written off in a crash-landing by Lt. Dalton F Tommie on 16th April 1945. Lt. Schiess is seen here with his Crew Chief whose name is currently unknown.

Photo: Charles Irvin
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Paul J Schonborn, Pittsburgh, PA, 436th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14594 9B-E “Smoky City Fireball”, named for his Hometown.

Photo: James Schonborn
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John M Archibald, Negaunee, MI, 436th Fighter Squadron. Lt Archibald joined the 436th in January 1945 and his assigned aircraft is not yet known.

Photo: Becky Holman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Frederick F Shriner, Vicksburg, MI, 435th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### “Rebellious Rebel” J2- #. Pictured from L-R are crew chief S/Sgt. C. B. Ginn, Lt. Shriner, assistant crew chief Sgt. Leo McCarren and a currently unidentified armorer. Details of the P-51 are still under research.

Photo: Dave McCarren
  


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