By William N Hess, Chris Davey
ВЂI imagine the good fortune of the 354th because the prime staff within the eu theatre for aerial victories is because of a number of issues. First used to be the preliminary education of the squadrons earlier than deployment to England. Colonel Ken Martin nurtured the gang from its infancy, and all of the excellence that later confirmed via should be positioned at his doorstep. regardless of his early life, he knew tips on how to foster teamwork and insist perfection in flying. there has been not anything extra very important than getting the crowd off at the correct foot. moment, our pilots have been taught to fly mutual aid, and practised it faithfully. there have been no "hot" pilots within the 354th, purely "excellent" pilots. 3rd, males like Glenn Eagleston gave recommendation and warnings approximately wrestle strategies and guarding one's tail. This ready our pilots for lurking risks, anything the opposite teams would possibly not have done.вЂ™ Brigadier basic James Howard, Commanding Officer of the 354th Fighter crew
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I then proceeded to close on him and I opened fire at very close range. I observed strikes at the wing roots and around the canopy. I broke away, fearing the E/A behind me. As I did so, I saw the '109 that I had just fired on smoking and the pilot bailing out. The 'chute opened and the aircraft continued to fall through the overcast. 'I turned with the second '109, who was trying to pick up deflection on me. ' Early 354th FG ace Lt Charles Gumm Jr lost his life when his P-51B-1 42-106749 crashed into a field near the village of Nayland on 1 March 1944.
Three of those belonged to the 354th FG, the trio of pilots being listed as Missing in Action. This would prove to be the last mission flown by the 354th FG from Boxted, as with bad weather continuing to put operations on hold, the group instead devoted its full attention to moving its aircraft and equipment to its new home at Lashenden. The 'Pioneer Mustang Group' had flown some 55 missions from Boxted, and 47 P-51s had been recorded as missing in action, compared with claims of 169 enemy aircraft shot down.
The Fw 190 then bunted and Lt Eagleston followed and fired again. The canopy came off and all kinds of debris flew out of the cockpit, followed by the pilot, who bailed out. 'The other Fw 190, meanwhile, was still circling and watching us beaver his buddy, and trying to get into a position to tap us, but before he had a chance we were back up again and cutting inside of him. Lt Eagleston's blower was out so he couldn't quite reach a firing position, so I opened up wide and got on the Stripped of its Olive Drab paint in the late spring of 1944, P-51B-10 43-7136 was one of the first natural metal Mustangs to serve with the 355th FG (USAAF) Future CO of the 355th FS, Capt Maurice G Long poses with his P-51B, "Mary Pat II" (sub-type and serial unknown), which he named for his wife.
354th Fighter Group by William N Hess, Chris Davey