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ВЂ˜I imagine the luck of the 354th because the prime workforce within the ecu theatre for aerial victories is because of numerous issues. First used to be the preliminary education of the squadrons ahead of deployment to England. Colonel Ken Martin nurtured the crowd from its infancy, and all of the excellence that later confirmed via will be positioned at his doorstep. regardless of his early life, he knew easy methods to foster teamwork and insist perfection in flying. there has been not anything extra vital 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, in simple terms "excellent" pilots. 3rd, males like Glenn Eagleston gave suggestion and warnings approximately wrestle strategies and guarding one's tail. This ready our pilots for lurking risks, whatever the opposite teams would possibly not have done.’ Brigadier common James Howard, Commanding Officer of the 354th Fighter team

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The 354th, meanwhile, was tasked with providing the escort for bombers striking at Oranienburg, only a few miles north of Berlin. Lt Col Bickell led the mission, which encountered terrible weather. The Mustangs climbed to 42,000 ft, where they lost contact with the bombers — most of the 'heavies' had been recalled, leaving a mere handful that never received the word to return. No opposition was seen over the target area. On the way out of the target area the P-51s encountered about 20 German fighters in the vicinity of Ludwigslust, and a series of dogfights took place.

Note that his ATLANTA PEACH was still in Olive Drab finish when this photograph was taken in mid April 1944 (USAAF) nothing of great consequence occurred. A fighter sweep and several bomber escorts proved uneventful, and Richard Turner was just one of many pilots in the 354th becoming increasingly frustrated by the Luftwaffe's growing absence in the skies over Germany; 'The month of May was a busy month, but a lean one for me. The group destroyed 75 more German planes, but most of them were bagged in five or six missions, which made the remainder tail weary experiences, for the most part, with little enemy action to liven them up.

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.

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