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Littlefriends.co.uk Please note that unless stated otherwise, all photos in this gallery are courtesy of the late M/Sgt. Merle C Olmsted and the 357th Fighter Group Association. Merle was a pioneer of setting down a permanent record of individual fighter group histories and we are fortunate indeed that such a dedicated individual was with as renowned a unit as the 357th. May he rest in peace. Having trained on P-39s in the US, on arrival in the UK, the 357th was first based at Boxted, Essex as part of the 9th Air Force and equipped from the outset with P-51s. However, due to the pressing need for a long-range escort fighter, the 357th was exchanged with the P-47 equipped 358th Fighter Group. This necessitated an exchange of bases, with the 358th moving to Boxted whilst the 357th moved to Leiston, Suffolk, where they remained until after the cessation of hostilities. Post-war, the 357th was one of the units chosen to form part of the occupation forces, moving to Neubiberg, Germany on 21 July 1945 where they remained until 20 August 1946. See enlargement for Group Commanding Officers

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Edward S Chickering, Oli City, PA, Headquarters Unit, 357th Fighter Group. P-39Q 42-19447 number "0" “Saga Boy II” at Hamilton Field, CA.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 362nd FIGHTER SQUADRON

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Littlefriends.co.uk P-39Q 42-20747 number "111" of 362nd FS at Tonopah, NV in 1943. White band signifies 362nd FS, 363rd had a red band and the 364th probably yellow as per their later P-51s. The 364th also used 2 digit numbers.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-39Q 42-20747 number "111" of 362nd FS at Tonopah, NV in 1943.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Arval J Roberson, Los Angeles, CA, 362nd Fighter squadron. P-51B 43-6688 G4-A “Passion Wagon”. This was Maj. Roberson’s first “Passion Wagon” and it went on to become the two-seater G4-R/ “469th Baby”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Arval J Roberson, Los Angeles, CA, 362nd Fighter squadron. P-51D 44-13691 G4-A “Passion Wagon”. This a/c was reassigned to Capt. Chuck Weaver who not only retained the name and artwork but perpetuated it on his replacement a/c.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Arval J Roberson, Los Angeles, CA, 362nd Fighter squadron. P-51D 44-13691 G4-A “Passion Wagon”. Maj Roberson seen here with his crew who are currently unidentified.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles E "Chuck" Weaver, Detroit, MI, 362nd Fighter squadron. P-51D 44-72199 G4-A. Like many low-hour P-51s this a/c was put into storage after hostilities and was subsequently sold to Switzerland where it became J-2019.

Photo: Jack Cook
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles E "Chuck" Weaver, Detroit, MI, 362nd Fighter squadron. P-51D 44-63779 G4-A wearing occupation force recognition bands on rear fuselage. This was the replacement for 44-72199 and was transferred in from 78th FG where it had been WZ-G/ “Screamin’ Demon”.

Photo: Dave Burrow
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry J Williams, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63222 G4-A/ “Nevada Skat Kat”. This a/c had the bar placed over the letter ”A”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-14973 G4-A/ of 362nd Fighter Squadron. Assigned pilot of this a/c is currently unknown. Photo shows the a/c on post-war occupation duty. Note that the nose band checks are incomplete, possibly due to this a/c having been transferred in from the 356th FG where at one time it was PI-D “Lady Doris” of Capt.Burwell.

Photo: Martin Kyburz (Swiss Mustangs)
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert D Brown, Chicago, IL, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6556 G4-B "Chicago Gun Moll”. Capt. Brown was flying this a/c on 27 May 1944 when he baled out and was interned in Switzerland.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harvey Mace, Los Angeles, CA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13558 G4-B "Sweet Helen II" named for his wife Helen.

Photo: Harvey Mace
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harvey Mace, Los Angeles, CA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13558 G4-B "Sweet Helen II" Side view of a/c showing full markings.

Photo: Harvey Mace
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harvey Mace, Los Angeles, CA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13558 G4-B "Sweet Helen II"

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Littlefriends.co.uk F/O. Joseph L Robinson, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14819 G4-B/ "Big Stud".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Leonard K “Kit” Carson, Ayrshire, IA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6634 G4-C "Nooky Booky". This a/c was lost on 12 May 1944 with Lt. Roger A Hilstad being KIA.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Leonard K “Kit” Carson, Ayrshire, IA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13316 G4-C "Nooky Booky II". On Completion of Maj. Carson’s first tour, this a/c was reassigned to Ted Conlin as “Olivia de H”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Leonard K “Kit” Carson, Ayrshire, IA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11622 G4-C "Nooky Booky IV". The nickname on Maj. Carson’s a/c is reputedly a comment on his success with the ladies!

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Leonard K “Kit” Carson, Ayrshire, IA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11622 G4-C "Nooky Booky IV". Nooky Booky now showing an additional four markings on its scoreboard.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Raymond "Ted" Conlin, Oakland, MI, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13316 G4-C "Olivia De H". Lt. Conlin seen here with crew chief S/Sgt. John Warner sitting on wing. Other crew member is armorer Sgt. Jewell Williams. Ted named his a/c for Olivia De Haviland.

Photo: Ted Conlin
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Raymond "Ted" Conlin, Oakland, MI, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13316 G4-C "Olivia De H".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lloyd W Mitchell, Los Angeles, CA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6710 G4-C “Miss Marvel”. Seen in this photo from L-R are armorer, J.J. Hoefner; assistant crew chief, Ken Lane; Lt. Mitchell and crew chief, Bob Raffen.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Paul A "Pete" Pelon, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14849 G4-D "Gash Hound".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Oliver "Al" Boch, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14849 G4-D "Gash Hound".

Photo: Joe Black
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Oliver "Al" Boch. 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14849 G4-D "Gash Hound" a/c reassigned from Lt. Paul A "Pete" Pelon who was responsible for the choice of name.

Photo: Joe Black
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Hershal "Tex" Hill, Long Beach, CA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6698 G4-E “Texas Ranger”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. John B England, Caruthersville, MO 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14789 G4-E “Missouri Armada”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. John B England, Caruthersville, MO 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14789 G4-E “Missouri Armada”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph E Shea, Cresta, IA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72819 G4-E "My Bonnie".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph E Shea, Cresta, IA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72819 G4-E “My Bonnie” This a/c was badly damaged by another pilot at Neubiberg (R-85) causing Joe to be issued a replacement.

Photo: Joe Shea
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph E Shea, Cresta, IA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72819 G4-E “My Bonnie”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph E Shea, Cresta, IA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14816 G4-E “My Bonnie”. This is Joe’s replacement a/c often mistaken for the earlier one due to the silhouette alongside the name.

Photo: Joe Shea
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Maurice F Baker, Parker, SD, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6824 G4-F “Parker 51”. This a/c survived the war and was salvaged on 18 June 1945. From L-R the photo shows assistant crew chief, S/Sgt. Robert Hall; armorer, Ernest Huckleberry; Capt. Baker and crew chief S/Sgt. Rouse.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Kenneth E Hagan, Broadwell, IL, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106831 G4-G “My Bonnie”. This a/c was lost on 17 June 1944 after Capt. Hagan crash-landed at Tinchebray, France.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Kenneth E Hagan, Broadwell, IL, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106831 G4-G “My Bonnie”. Aircraft destroyed by Capt. Hagan after crash landing in Normandy due to engine failure 17 June 1944. Hagan evaded and returned to Leiston. Note that “My Bonnie” now has the “half-camouflage” finish used mainly in the 362nd FS.

Photo: Mme. Dominique Boulay of Tinchebray
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt Hagan with the James family of Tinchebray, Normandy who helped him evade.

Photo: Mme. Dominique Boulay of Tinchebray.
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James E Roughgarden, Haledon, NJ, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106654 G4-G "Jersey Bounce". The a/c was reassigned to Lt. Martinek as G4-M but the name was retained.

Photo: James E Roughgarden
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James E Roughgarden, Haledon, NJ, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106654 G4-G "Jersey Bounce".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harold A Wyatt, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11683 G4-G “Man-O-War”.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harold A Wyatt, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11683 G4-G “Man-O-War”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Henry R Spicer, San Antonio, TX, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group. P-51B 43-6880 G4-H “Tony Boy”. This a/c was lost on 5 March 1944 with Col. Spicer becoming a POW. On the left in the photo is crew chief S/Sgt. Robert Currie. Other crewman is Cpl. Hamilton.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John B England, Caruthersville, MO, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106462 G4-H “U’ve Had It”. This a/c was reassigned as G4-Y and was lost on 4 October 1944 when Lt. Richard I Potter baled out safely 5 miles NW of Bodney due to a systems failure.

Photo: Laurent Boulstin
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John B England, Caruthersville, MO, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13735 G4-H “U’ve Had It”. Capt. England about to take off for the Russian Shuttle Mission on 6 August 1944, with the nickname apparently not yet added to the cowling. This a/c was lost on 2 Nov 1944 with Lt. Lawrence P Giarrizzo being KIA.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Konstantin J Vogel, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-12474 G4-H. Often interpreted incorrectly as G4-K due to the position of the Cletrac arm, photo shows aftermath of a ground-loop at Raydon by Lt. Vogel on 21 January 1944 .

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John A “Big John” Kirla, Port Chester, NY, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14625 G4-H “Spook”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John A “Big John” Kirla, Port Chester, NY, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72180 G4-H “Spook”. Photo shows crash-landing at Leiston by Capt. Kirla on 16 April 1945 due to mechanical failure. Note that the nickname “Spook” had not yet been applied.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John A “Big John” Kirla, Port Chester, NY, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72180 G4-H “Spook”.

Photo: Joe Black
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Aubrey O Hood, Richmond, CA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103372 G4-J “Texas Fire Fly”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Aubrey O Hood, Richmond, CA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103372 G4-J “Texas Fire Fly”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George A Behling Jr, Chicago IL, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15527 G4-J “Chi Lassie”. Chi indicated Lt. Behling’s Home Town.This a/c was lost on 14 January 1945 with Lt. Behling becoming a POW.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Johnny L Brigh Jr, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63863 G4-J “Georgia Boy Too”. The a/c was exported to Switzerland post-war where it became J-2071.

Photo: Martin Kyburz (Swiss Mustangs)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Alden E Smith, Hartford, CT, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6637 G4-K "American Girl".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Alden E Smith, Hartford, CT 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6637 G4-K "American Girl". This a/c was reassigned to Capt. Perry when Lt. Smith finished his tour in August 1944.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Walter N Perry Jr, Raleigh, NJ, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6637 G4-K "Rubber Check". This a/c was written off in a landing accident at Leiston on 30 November 1944. Pilot concerned was Lt. Richard E Ecker,

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard I “Rip” Potter, Toledo, OH, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63195 G4-K "Marymae"’

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James A Gasser, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11697 G4-K/ "Muddy" (L&R)

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James A Gasser, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11697 G4-K/ "Muddy" (L&R). Photo showing presentation of name on left side.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Fletcher E Adams, Rodessa, LA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-12468 G4-L “The Southern Belle”. Capt. Adams was lost in this a/c on 30 May 1944. He was hit by an Me109 in the Wessendorf – Celle area and subsequently murdered by civilians.

Photo: Joey Maddox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-72077 G4-L of 362nd Fighter Squadron. Assigned pilot currently unknown. This P-51 subsequently served as R7-Z with the French Air Force at Annecy.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jessie R Frey, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15267 G4-M "Ain't Misbehavin'". Photographed late into the war as evidenced by the field-fitted tail warning radar on fin and formation lights on fuselage.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jessie R Frey, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15267 G4-M "Ain't Misbehavin'".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jessie R Frey. 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15267 G4-M "Ain't Misbehavin'".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Matthew S Martin, Waddy, KY, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14722 G4-N "Temptation". Lt. Martin became a POW flying this a/c on 5 December 1944.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph [NMI] Black, Philadelphia, PA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63880 G4-N "Mary's Li'l Lamb"

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph [NMI] Black, Philadelphia, PA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63880 G4-N "Mary's Li'l Lamb". Pictured from left, S/Sgt. Todd Brightman, assistant crew chief; Sgt. Bill Martin, armourer; Lt. Black & T/Sgt Stan Bronowski, crew chief.

Photo: Joe Black
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph [NMI] Black, Philadelphia, PA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63880 G4-N "Mary's Li'l Lamb". Lt. Black with crew chief T/Sgt. Stan Bronowski.

Photo: Joe Black
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph [NMI] Black, Philadelphia, PA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63880 G4-N "Mary's Li'l Lamb".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Amos E Van Fleet, Ralston, NE., 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63195 G4-N "Fritz”. Fritz was the pet name for his wife Frances.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harvey Mace, Los Angeles, CA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6923 G4-O "Sweet Helen". Harvey seen on the right with his friend Konstantin Vogel who was KIA on 18 March 1944.

Photo: Harvey Mace
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51B 43- 7184 G4-O of the 362nd Fighter Squadron. Nothing is known concerning this a/c other than that it was salvaged on 10 June 1944 having been delivered on 8 February.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert H Becker, Hollydale, CA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B G4-O seen here with a tiger head motif but later named “Sebastian”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert H Becker, Hollydale, CA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D G4-O “Sebastian Jr”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert D Wallen, Elk Rapids, MI, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106829 G4-P “Joan” (L&R). This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Jenkins who kept the name “Joan” on the left side but changed the right side to “Floogie”

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Otto D “Dittie” Jenkins, Kermit, TX, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106829 G4-P “Floogie”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Otto D “Dittie” Jenkins, Kermit, TX, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14245 G4-P “Floogie II”. This a/c was lost 13 January 1945 when Lt. Robert L Schlieker was killed in a flying accident.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Otto D “Dittie” Jenkins, Kermit, TX, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14245 G4-P “Floogie II”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward Hyman, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72489 G4-P “U-bar Rolla” (L) / “Rolla U-bar” (R).

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward D Hyman, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72489 G4-P “U-bar Rolla” (L) / “Rolla U-bar” (R). This shot shows the a/c prior to having the name applied. The “U” in the name was a ranch brand and had a bar through it. Rolla is believed to be the name of his girlfriend. The a/c was exported to Switzerland post-war where it became J-2021.

Photo: Martin Kyburz (Swiss Mustangs)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward D Hyman, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72489 G4-P “U-bar Rolla” (L) / “Rolla U-bar” (R). Photo showing the right side presentation of the nickname.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward D Hyman, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72489 G4-P “U-bar Rolla” (L) / “Rolla U” (R). Photo showing the left side presentation of the nickname.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gilbert M O’Brien, Charleston, SC, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6787 G4-Q “Shanty Irish”. This a/c was reassigned to Lt. James W Kenny who named it “Little Feetie”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. John L Sublett, Alpine, TX, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11190 G4-Q “Lady Ovella”. This a/c was lost on 21 May 1945 when Lt. Alfred W Bierweiler was killed in a training accident.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William T Gilbert Jr, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15113 G4-R “Wanderin’ Willie Jr”. After Lt. Gilbert was KIA on 24 December 1944, the a/c was reassigned to Lt. Elrid C “Jack” Danner, Buffalo, NY.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Alvin F Pyeatt III, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6960 G4-S “Scrappy”. Lt. Pyeatt was shot down in this a/c on 16 March 1944 and died of wounds several days latter in a German hospital.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John S Coon, Oak Park, IL, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13596 G4-S “Bow Legs”. The a/c was reassigned to Lt. Sehl.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James Sehl, Dover, OH, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13596 G4-S “Naughty Auty!”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack O Bussard, Columbus, OH, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15607 G4-S “Li’l Mary”. Lt. Bussard was unfortunately killed in a post-war training accident on 30 October 1945 whilst on occupation duty with the 357th.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack O Bussard, Columbus, OH, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15607 G4-S “Li’l Mary”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Myron A “Moose” Becraft, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63221 G4-S/ “Moose”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Cap. Calvert L Williams, Escondido, CA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13334 G4-U “Wee Willie II”. In the foreground is 44-13558“G4-B “Sweet Helen II” and behind G4-U, being flown on this occasion by Chuck Weaver, is 44-13719 G4-G and 44-13596 G4-S.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Alva C Murphy, Knoxville, TN, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13334 G4-U “Bite Me”. The name of the crew chief seen with Capt. Murphy is currently unknown.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eldrid C Danner, Buffalo, NY, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13334 G4-U “Buffalo Belle”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eldrid C Danner, Buffalo, NY, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13334 G4-U “Buffalo Belle”. This a/c gave good value for the tax dollar, being reassigned to Lt. Danner from Capt. Alva C Murphy who had in turn had it reassigned from Cap. Calvert L Williams.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Joseph E Broadhead, Rupert, ID, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-12227 G4-V "Baby Mike".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Joseph E Broadhead, Rupert, ID, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-12227 G4-V "Baby Mike" named for his son. This a/c was lost on 8 November 1944 with Lt. Warren B Corwin, Scarsdale, NY being KIA.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Joseph E Broadhead, Rupert, ID, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14798 G4-V "Master Mike".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Julian H Bertram, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14798 G4-V "Butch Baby".

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James C McLane Jr., 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14798 G4-V "Dainty Dotty" named for his wife Dorothy.

Photo: James C McLane
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James C McLane Jr., 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14798 G4-V "Dainty Dotty". This a/c reassigned from Lt. Bertram.

Photo: James C McLane
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James C McLane Jr., 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14798 G4-V "Dainty Dotty".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Howard B Egeland, Chicago, IL, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6721 G4-W "Chicago Bound".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William W “Hank” Gruber, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14152 G4-W "Cooter". Photo

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William W “Hank” Gruber, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14152 G4-W "Cooter". Photo shows the crash-landing by Capt. England on 27 December 1944 due to damage to the undercarriage doors whilst strafing.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Keith M Wilson, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14672 G4-W. Lt. Wilson arrived too late for operations during WW2 but served with the occupation force. This a/c was previously Lt. Frank Kyle’s B6-W “Love of Mine” of the 363rd FS.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Rodney M Starkey, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-7047 G4-X “Remember Me”. To the right in the photo is crew chief S/Sgt. Robert Scott. Lt. Starkey is to the left, resting on the undercarriage.


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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John B Schlossberg Jr, Chicago, IL, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13738 G4-X “Joker”. The a/c was lost in a crash-landing at Leiston on 30 September 1944 piloted by Capt. Howard A Wyatt.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William H Mooney Jr., 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11198 G4-X "Libby B". Capt. Mooney wad downed flying this a/c on 24 December 1944 and murdered by the local Nazi Party leader who was brought to trial post war and hanged.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William H Mooney Jr., 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11198 G4-X "Libby B". “Libby B” seen shortly before being lost on Christmas Eve 1944.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Otto D “Dittie” Jenkins, Kermit, TX, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63199 G4-X "Toolin’ Fool’s Revenge". Lt. Jenkins was killed in a crash-landing in this a/c at Leiston on 24 March 1945. Nice in-flight shot with Maj. John Kirla’s 44-14625 G4-H “Spook” in the number two slot.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James B Badger Jr, Hastings, FL, 362nd Fighter Squadron, P-51B 43-7143 G4-Y “Miss Florida”. This a/c was lost on 29 July 1944 with Lt. Rollin L Carter becoming a POW.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51B 43-12173 G4-Z “Peg O’ My Heart” of 362nd Fighter Squadron. Assigned pilot of this a/c within the 362nd FS is not currently known but it was one of the original machines transferred in from the 9th AF’s 354th FG where it was so named and assigned to Lt. George R Bickell.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas E Norris, Salt Lake City, UT, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6987 G4-Z “Satan”. This a/c was lost on 13 January 1945 when F/O. Richard A Anderson was killed in a training accident.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas W Martinek, Chicago, IL, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13963 G4-Z “Morning Star”. This a/c was lost on 19 October 1944 when Lt. Charles G Goss, to whom it had been reassigned, evaded capture. Crew chief seen with Lt. Martinek is S/Sgt. George E Roepke. Assistant crew chief was Sgt. Roger Stops.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John F Duncan, Jr., Kokomo, IN, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-1 4612 G4-Z “Hotshot”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John F Duncan, Jr., Kokomo, IN, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-1 4612 G4-Z “Hotshot”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John J “Jack” Boyne, Buffalo, NY, 362nd Fighter Squadron. Details of assigned a/c currently unknown.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lynn H “Junior” Drollinger, Spokane, WA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6729 G4-Z “Young-Uns”. This a/c was lost on 28 March 1944 when Lt. Drollinger evaded capture.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Sam G Fuller Jr, Texas, 362nd Fighter Squadron. Lt. Fuller’s assigned a/c is not known but he was KIA on 18 November 1944 in P-51D 44-13596 G4-S “Screamin’ Demon”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Thomas L Gates, Archibald, LA, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group, P-51B G4-# “Angel Puss”. No further details known of this a/c.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Thomas L Gates, Archibald, LA, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group, P-51D 44-##### G4-# “Angel Puss II”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jacob F Giel, Illinois, 362nd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c unknown. Lt. Giel was killed in action on 3 April 1945 when a drop tank from another a/c in the formation took off part of his right wing, causing him to crash into the North Sea. At the time he was flying P-51D 44-14682 G4-# “Winnie Gal”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ollie E Harris Jr., Detroit, MI, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### G4-# “Wanda Lee”. Lt.Harris is seen here with his crew chief S/Sgt. Jack Quinn and armorer Sgt. Teddy Boren.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Norton M Hewit, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### G4-# “Shack Rat”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Davis T Perron, Claremont, CA, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6792 G4-# “Little Bitch” (L&R). Lost on 1 April 1944 with Capt. Perron being KIA.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Elmer D Rydberg, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6629 G4-# “Little Lady”. Lt. Rydberg’s name can be seen just in front of the cockpit. He was lost in this a/c on 1 April 1944 in severe weather conditions along with his element leader Capt. Perron in “Little Bitch”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51B said to be 43-6629 G4-# “Kipper” of Lt. Elmer D Rydberg, 362nd Fighter Squadron and lost on 1 April 1944 with Lt. Rydberg being KIA. However, Although the serial number is correct for the loss, Lt. Rydberg’s 43-6629 was named “Little Lady” to complement his element leader Capt. Perron’s “Little Bitch”. A question mark therefore hangs over this photo.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk “Destitute Prostitute”, a P-51B of 362nd fighter Squadron but no further details are know at present.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk “Man-O-War”, a P-51B of 362nd fighter Squadron. Serial # and a/c code are uncertain but it could well be assigned to Capt Harold A Wyatt and a forerunner of his 44-11683 G4-G.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 363rd FIGHTER SQUADRON

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Littlefriends.co.uk P-39D 41-28313 displaying the early version of the 363rd Fighter Squadron insignia on the cockpit door.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-39N 42-8873 Number 134 “Corn Husker” seen at Oroville and displaying the red noseband of the 363rd Fighter Squadron.

Photo: Richard Gambill
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-39Q 42-19296 Number 151 “Gooseneck” of Lt. William W “Stubby” Gambill, Union, OR, 363rd Fighter Squadron. Lt. Gambill was a victim of “friendly fire”, being killed by allied bombing on his way to a POW camp, after being downed on 8 March 1944.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Montgommery Throop Jr., Ithaca, NY, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B B6-A "Shanghai Lil". Serial # currently unknown.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Montgomery H Throop, Ithaca, NY. 363rd Fighter Squadron (ex 4th FG). P-51B B6-A “Shanghai Lil”. Serial # currently unknown.

Photo: Mike Howell
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John R Stern, Noblesville IN, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14736 B6-A “Pappy’s Answer (L) / Yankees (R).

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John R Stern, Noblesville IN, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14736 B6-A “Pappy’s Answer (L) / Yankees (R).

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank L Gailer Jr. Manhasset, NY, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### B6-A “Jeesil Peesil Mommy”. Unfortunately the serial # of Lt. Gailer’s D model is currently unknown. This was the replacement for his P-51C 42-103002 B6-T of the same name that was ground-looped on 26 September 1944.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Hershel T Pascoe. Hayden, AZ, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6999 B6-B and P-51D 44-13714 B6-B "Desert Rat".

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Herschel T Pascoe, Hayden, AZ, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6999 B6-B “Desert Rat”. This a/c was lost on 17 August 1944 when Lt. Charles O Campbell was killed in a training accident caused by a systems failure.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Herschel T Pascoe, Hayden, AZ, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13714 B6-B “Desert Rat. This a/c was lost on 12 October 1944 when Capt. Pascoe became a POW

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Herschel T Pascoe, Hayden, AZ, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13714 B6-B “Desert Rat”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph W Cannon, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13887 B6-B “Little Joe”. Crew seen with Lt. Cannon are crew chief S/Sgt. Roger Bender and assistant crew chief Sgt. Jim Loersch.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph W Cannon, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72258 B6-B “Little Joe”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Paul N Bowles, Charleston, WV, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63168 B6-C “Mountaineer”. Crew Chief S/Sgt. John Kveselis, New Britain, CT is seen on the left of the photo. The second crew memner is currently unidentified.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Paul N Bowles, Charleston, WV, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63168 B6-C “Mountaineer”. Seen here wearing the red/yellow/red “Occupation Forces” bands around the rear fuselage, Mountaineer suffered this belly-landing on 22 January 1946. Pilot was Lt. George D Wick.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified P-51B of 363rd Fighter Squadron. Serial # only partly visible due to the poor contrast on the rudder. Visible is 42-106### but there being no nickname on the a/c does not aid identification. Input of this one would be appreciated..

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Edwin W Hiro, Chisholm, MN, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B “Horses Itch” possibly B6-D but serial # currently unknown.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Edwin W Hiro, Chisholm, MN, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13518 B6-D “Horses Itch”. Maj Hiro was killed in action flying this a/c on 19 September 1944.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Edwin W Hiro, Chisholm, MN, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13518 B6-D “Horses Itch”. right side view of “Horses Itch”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank A Kyle, Munster, IN, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15529 B6-D “Pony’s Express”. Pony was his wife’s nickname.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank A Kyle, Munster, IN, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15529 B6-D “Pony’s Express”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51B 43-6519 B6-E “Oh Bobby!” of 363rd Fighter Squadron. An original equipment a/c and salvaged due to non-battle damage on 14 May 1944, suggesting that it had been involved in an accident. Assigned pilot not currently known.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George G George, Harvey, IL., 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24842 B6-E “$ Blackpool Bat”. This a/c was lost on 15 September 1944 with Lt. Kenneth F Graeff being KIA.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George G George, Harvey, IL., 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24842 B6-E “$ Blackpool Bat”. Seen here fitted with a “Malcolm” canopy.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George G George, Harvey, IL., 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24842 B6-E “$ Blackpool Bat”. Final version of this a/c being stripped back to natural metal finish. The name is apparently connected with Lt. George’s lady friend seen in the photo, a resident of Blackpool and subsequently Mrs George.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald H Bochkay, North Hollywood, CA., 363rd Fighter Squadron. Maj. Bochkay had severalP-51s assigned all coded B6-F and all appeared to have a common theme of displaying a winged Ace of Clubs.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald H Bochkay, North Hollywood, CA., 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-103041 B6-F reputed to be named “Alice In Wonderland”. This a/c was lost on 8 March 1944 with Lt. William W “Stubby” Gambill, Union, OR, who was unfortunately killed by allied bombing during transportation to a POW camp.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald H Bochkay, North Hollywood, CA., 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6963 B6-F “Speedball Alice”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald H Bochkay, North Hollywood, CA., 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13681 B6-F. Maj. Bochkay’s a/c no longer bore a nickname but just the artwork of a winged Ace of Clubs.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald H Bochkay, North Hollywood, CA., 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13681 B6-F. Flying in formation with Maj. Bochkay are Capt. William R O’Brien, McPherson, KS in P-51D 44-13522 B6-G “Billy’s Bitch” and Maj. Robert W Foy, Van Nuys, CA in P-51D 44-13712 B6-V “Reluctant Rebel”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald H Bochkay, North Hollywood, CA., 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15422 B6-F This a/c was written off in a take-off crash due to engine failure on 15 February 1945. Pilot involved was Lt. John C Casey.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald H Bochkay, North Hollywood, CA., 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72244 B6-F. Note the new design of the wings on the Ace of Clubs.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald H Bochkay, North Hollywood, CA., 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72244 B6-F. Seen here in late 1945. Note that the winged ace of clubs was displayed on both sides of the fuselage.

Photo: Martin Kyburz (Swiss Mustangs)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72244 B6-F. Something of an enigma this one. Said to be photographed at Eschborn in 1946 the pilot is uncertain but see following photo.

Photo: Martin Kyburz (Swiss Mustangs)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72244 B6-F. Again, said to be photographed at Eschborn in 1946 this view shows there to be fifteen victory markings on the forward fuselage. Maj. Donald H Bochkay was the pilot of B6-F throughout the 357th’s stay in the ETO but he rotated home in October 1945. This a/c bears the fifteen victories that appeared on Maj. Bochkay’s later P-51s but does not have his personal insignia of a winged Ace of Clubs. Can anyone offer an explanation?

Photo: Martin Kyburz (Swiss Mustangs)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-13573 B6-F/ of 363rd Fighter Squadron. Note bar over “F”. Assigned pilot currently unknown but the one concerned in this belly-landing at Leiston on 14 January 1945 was Lt. James E Taylor, Flora, IL. This a/c was previously B6-V “Isabel III” and assigned to Flt/Lt. Jack Cleland, RNZAF.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William R "Obie" O’Brien, McPherson, KS, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-39Q 42-20750 Number 132 “Billy’s Bitch”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William R "Obie" O’Brien, McPherson, KS, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13522 B6-G “Billy’s Bitch” (L&R).

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Henry B Franklin, Tulsa, OK, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14414 B6-G “Cherokee Kid”. This a/c was lost on 26 February 1945 when Lt. Daniel N Myers baled out into the North Sea. Although rescued, Lt. Myers later became a POW on 30 March 1945 when he baled out of 44-72328 into the North Sea again.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11643 B6-G “Late Arrival”. Assigned pilot of this one is not known but the choice of nickname could well be due to it being received by the unit post war for service as part of the occupation force. It had previously served with the 364th FG as N2-H.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles S Pearson, Lansing, MI, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6755 B6-H “Kalamazoo Kid”. Lt. Pearson transferred in to the AAF from the RAF where he was a Pilot Officer. This a/c was lost on 10 February 1945 when Lt. Holsey C Johnson Jr was killed in a training accident.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Kheen [NMI] Landis, Chicago, IL., 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14356 B6-H “Lonesome Polecat”. This a/c was lost on 26 February 1945 when Lt. Roy [NMI] Anthony baled out safely into the Channel. The photo shows the result of a taxiing accident on 3 February 1945 with Lt. Daniel N Myers at the controls.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Another unidentified 363rd Fighter Squadron P-51B. B6-I “Dragon Lady”. Unfortunately the photo is of too poor quality to display the serial # and the assigned pilot is unknown.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles K "Daddy Rabbit" Peters, Biloxi, MS, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6594 B6-J "Daddy Rabbit".

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles K "Daddy Rabbit" Peters, Biloxi, MS, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6594 B6-J "Daddy Rabbit".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles K "Daddy Rabbit" Peters, Biloxi, MS, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13897 B6-J "Daddy Rabbit". On completion of his tour, this a/c was reassigned to Chuck Yeager as B6-Y “Glamorous Glenn II”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ernest C Tiede Jr., Buffalo, NY., 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6564 B6-J "7 Up High". Written off in a crash-landing on 8 March 1944 at Leiston. Capt. Tiede was uninjured.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald C McGee, Staten Island, NY, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15### B6-J “Whole Hawg”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R McGinley, Orcutt, CA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6628 B6-K “Typhoon McGoon”. An original cadre pilot, Lt. McGinley was killed flying this a/c on 29 March 1944 due to a mid-air collision with Lt. Santiago R Gutierrez over the North Sea, some 15 miles off the coast from Leiston. Lt. Guitierrez was also killed in the incident.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William H Fricker, Stamford, CT, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24823 B6-K “Berlin Express”. This a/c was Bill Overstreet’s B6-O and the artwork was retained.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Warner P Roberts, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15385 B6-K “Mary E”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Edward K Simpson, Jr, La Verne, CA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106783 B6-L “Flying PantherI”. This a/c was purchased and named by his school - East Orange High. It was lost 15 September 1944 when Lt. Louis E Nowlin, Washington, DC, was KIA.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Glenwood A Zarnke, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15630 B6-L “Alice Marie II”. This a/c was lost on 9 February 1945 when Capt. James W Browning was killed in a mid-air collision.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Michael R Emery, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13681 B6-M “Pat and Mike”. This was previously Maj. Bochkay’s B6-F and is seen here with Lt. Emery having crash-landed at Leiston on 31 December 1944 due to engine failure.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward J Carr, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15035 B6-N “Alice Marie II”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William B Overstreet, Clifton Forge, VA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103309 B6-O "Berlin Express". This a/c was transferred to the 55th FG and was written off in a take-off accident on 12 July 1944 as CG-K.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William B Overstreet, Clifton Forge, VA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103309 B6-O "Berlin Express".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William B Overstreet, Clifton forge, VA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### B6-O "Berlin Express".

Photo: Bill Overstreet
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. John D Landers, Joshua, TX, Headquarters Unit, 357th Fighter Group. P-51D 44-13923 B6-O "Big Beautiful Doll". Lt.Col Landers brought this P-51 with him when transferred from the 55th Fighter Group, along with his crew chief S/Sgt. Clyde G Bergman.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William H Fricker,Stamford, CT, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14532 B6-O “Ol Flak Joe”. Pilot seen on wing is Lt. Keehn [NMI] Landis, Chicago, IL.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward J Carr, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15035 B6-O “Alice Marie II” having been recoded from B6-N as seen above.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward J Carr, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72187 B6-O “Alice Marie III”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James W Browning, Syracuse, KS, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6563 B6-P "Gentleman Jim".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James W Browning, Syracuse, KS, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6563 B6-P "Gentleman Jim".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James W Browning, Syracuse, KS, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14937 B6-P "Gentleman Jim".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Norbert G Fisher, Chicago, IL, P-51B 43-6510 B6-Q “Dam-Phy-No!” (L&R). This a/c was written off in a take-off crash on 18 September 1944 with Lt. Fisher fortunately not suffering any serious injury as he completed his tour on 12 December 1944.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Edward K Simpson Jr, La Verne, CA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6393 B6-R "All Away II” named after his horse back home. Capt. Simpson was killed in action on 14 August 1944 fighting with the French Maquis, having been downed on 10th August in Maj. Foy’s 44-13712 B6-V “Reluctant Rebel”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William D Michaely, Butte, MT, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-103286 B6-R. Lt. Michaely was shot down by flak in this a/c on 21 May 1944 and put on trial by the Nazis for “shooting at civilians”. The trial fell through as he had not fired his guns and he sat out the remainder of the war as a POW.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51B 43-6644 B6-R, 363rd Fighter Squadron. No further details known of this a/c during its service with the 357th FG. It was transferred to the 496th FTG 555th FTS where it suffered a landing accident on 12 August 1944.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Allen K Abner, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14519 B6-R "Daisy Mae". With the surname “Abner”, what else could he call his plane other than Daisy Mae!”

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Allen K Abner, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14519 B6-R "Daisy Mae". Seen here with the artwork of Daisy Mae added. The B6-R codes under the port wing indicate a post-war photo, as they were added as an “anti-buzzing” device to give the local population respite from such things, after the cessation of hostilities.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Clarence E "Bud" Anderson Jr., Newcastle, CA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-39Q 42-20746 Number 152 "Old Crow". Included here to complete “the set” of Col. Anderson’s “Old Crows”. The name can just be seen in small letters under the number 152. 363rd FS insignia is on the cockpit door.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Clarence E "Bud" Anderson Jr., Newcastle, CA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6723 B6-S "Old Crow". This was the first of Bud Anderson’s three assigned P-51s all of which he named after the well known brand of rye whiskey. This a/c was lost on 21 February 1944 with Lt. Alfred R Boyle, Hollywood, CA, becoming a POW. To the right is Bud’s close friend Jim Browning who was later to be killed in a mid-air collision.

Photo: Col. Anderson via Jim Anderson
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Clarence E "Bud" Anderson Jr., Newcastle, CA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24823 B6-S "Old Crow". This was the second “Old Crow” and is seen here sporting a “Malcolm” hood and white-wall tyres.

Photo: Col. Anderson via Jim Anderson
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Clarence E "Bud" Anderson Jr., Newcastle, CA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14450 B6-S "Old Crow".

Photo: Col. Anderson via Jim Anderson
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Clarence E "Bud" Anderson Jr., Newcastle, CA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14450 B6-S "Old Crow". This, the last of the Old Crows was reassigned to Lt. James E Taylor, Flora, IL, who named it “Pretty Pix”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James E Taylor, Flora, IL, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14450 B6-S "Pretty Pix". Two very poor quality scans of the reassigned “Old Crow” but at least they show the style and positioning of the lettering.

Photo: Geoff Pleasance
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Guy D Bender, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63634 B6-S/ (bar over S) "The Gizzard". Post war this a/c was displayed at Amsterdam with the bar to the "S" removed and spurious kill markings added. It was broken up for scrap afterwards at Schippol.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank L Gailer Jr, Manhasset, NY, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103002 B6-T "Jeesil Peesil Mommy". The a/c was named from his favourite expression and the fact that his wife was pregnant. The photo shows the result of Lt. Gailer having ground-looped the a/c at Leiston on 26 September 1944

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John C Casey, San Francisco, CA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11373 B6-U "Frisco Kid".

Photo: John Casey
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Robert W Foy, Van Nuys, CA, 363rd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-13712 B6-V “Reluctant Rebel”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Robert W Foy, Van Nuys, CA, 363rd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-13712 B6-V “Reluctant Rebel”.

Photo: Jack Cook
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Robert W Foy, Van Nuys, CA, 363rd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-63621 B6-V “Little Shrimp”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col Guernsey I Carlisle, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6712 B6-W.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col Guernsey I Carlisle, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14672 B6-W "Love of Mine".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col Guernsey I Carlisle, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11672 B6-W “Texan” (L) - "Love of Mine" (R).

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col Guernsey I Carlisle, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11672 B6-W “Texan” (L) / "Love of Mine" (R).

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col Donald W Graham, Oakland, CA, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group. P-51D 44-13388 B6-W “Bodacious”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ralph W Mann, 363rd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-63755 B6-W “The Tender Terror”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William J Currie, 363rd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14937 B6-X “Super~X”. This a/c was previously Jim Browning’s B6-P “Gentleman Jim”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Clifford W Miller, 363rd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14937 B6-X “’Til Then” (L) / ”Marjie’s Man (R). This a/c was reassigned from Lt. Currie post-war.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles E “Chuck” Yeager”, Hamlin, WV, 363rd Fighter Squadron, P-51B 43-6763 B6-Y “Glamourus Glen” (sic). Named for his future wife Glennis, the then F/O Yeager was shot down in this a/c on 5 March 1944. Evading capture with the help of the Maquis, he returned to operational duty. His next assigned a/c a P-51D 44-13897 also B6-Y was lost on 18 October 1944 with Lt. Horace M Roycroft being KIA. This a/c was named “Glamorous Glen II”, the spelling now correct.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles E “Chuck” Yeager”, Hamlin, WV, 363rd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-13897 B6-Y “Glamorous Glen II”. This a/c had previously been assigned to Capt. Charles Peters as B6-J “Daddy Rabbit”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles E “Chuck” Yeager”, Hamlin, WV, 363rd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14888 B6-Y “Glamorous Glen III”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Carroll W Ofsthun, Minneapolis, MN, 363rd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14977 B6-Y “The Count”.

Photo: Jack Cook
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John R Skara, Chicago, IL, 363rd Fighter Squadron, P-51B 42-106458 B6-Z “Doodle Bug”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John R Skara, Chicago, IL, 363rd Fighter Squadron, P-51B 42-106458 B6-Z “Doodle Bug”, seen here without the camouflage finish.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roy [NMI] Anthony, Albany, GA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. Information needed for assigned a/c. Lt. Anthony was forced to bail out of Lt. Landis’s P-51D 44-14356 B6-H “Lonesome Polecat” and was rescued by Air Sea Rescue.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert C Gangwish, Tonawanda, NY, 363rd Fighter Squadron. Information needed for assigned a/c.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Howard S Hinman, Madrid, IA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. Lt. Hinman became a PoW on 24 April 1944 in 43-6634 B6-#. Information needed re his assigned a/c.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John A Miller Jr, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### B6-# “Shady Lady”. No further details currently known.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Fred W Reust, Topeka, KS, 363rd Fighter Squadron. Information needed concerning his assigned a/c. Lt. Reust became a PoW on 12 April 1944 in 43-6720 B6-#.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ernest C Tiede Jr., Buffalo, NY., 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63763 B6-# "Tuff Tittie". Capt. This was Capt. Tiede’s assigned a/c on his second tour. Code letter of this a/c currently unknown.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James T Windham, 363rd Fighter Squadron. Information needed concerning his assigned a/c. He was assigned to the 263rd FS on 29 September 1944 and was still on strength at war’s end..

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-13681 “Perry Lou” Currently unidentified but previously B6-F of Don Bochkay and known to have been B6-M “Pat and Mike” on 31 December 1944 when it suffered an engine failure whilst being piloted by Lt. Michael R Emery.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk “Rank Happy” an unidentified P-51D of the 363rd Fighter Squadron. Information needed on this one.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 364th FIGHTER SQUADRON

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Littlefriends.co.uk P-39Q 41-28332 Number 74 of the 364th Fighter Squadron. The 364th used two digit numbers whilst the other two squadrons used three digits. Noseband is most likely in the 364th’s yellow squadron colour.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk In-flight photo of a section of 364th Fighter squadron aircraft. They are, from front to back: P-51D 44-13586, C5-T “Hurry Home Honey”, of Maj. Richard A Peterson, Alexandria, MN; P-51D 44-13546 C5-R “The Shilelagh” of Lt.Col. John A Storch, Long Beach, CA; P-51B 43-6813 C5-E “Pappy’s Answer” of Capt. John L Medeiros, Oakland, CA; and P-51D 44-13678 C5-V “Linda J” of Lt. Morris A Stanley, Alvin, TX.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Thomas M McKinney, Simpsonville, SC, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106843 C5-A "Round Trip Jr.".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Thomas M McKinney, Simpsonville, SC, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106843 C5-A "Round Trip Jr.".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 364th Fighter Squadron P-51D 44-13543 C5-A “Prune Picker” Assigned pilot is unknown but it was lost during the Arnhem mission on 18 September 1944 when Lt. Robert J Fandray, Pittsburgh, PA was KIA when he bailed out over Belgium. At the time it was coded C5-H and bore the name “Just Right”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William W Foard, Marion, SC, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15660 C5-A "Swamp Fox".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William W Foard, Marion, SC, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15660 C5-A "Swamp Fox" Aircraft named after a South Carolina patriot of the War of Independence (1776) and called The Swamp Fox by the British.

Photo: Will Foard
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William W Foard, Marion, SC, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15660 C5-A "Swamp Fox".

Photo: Will Foard
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William W Foard, Marion, SC 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15660 C5-A "Swamp Fox".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Walter [NMI] Baron, N. Grosvenor Dale, CT, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106854 C5-B “Peabody’s Pet”. This a/c became lost on 25 August 1944 when Lt. Baron became interned in Sweden.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James C Monahan, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14900 C5-B “Nellie Jean”. This shot shows the a/c on 17 April 1945 when Lt. Monahan became a POW for several days prior to war’s end.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John J Salsman, Galesville, WI, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103601 C5-C “Mazie R”. Lt. Salsman was involved in a taxiing accident at Leiston on 24 July 1944 in this a/c. Details of his “D” model are currently unknown.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John J Salsman, Galesville, WI, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103601 C5-C “Mazie R”. Mazie now seen with a coat of camouflage with the name rather crudely left in NMF and fitted with a Malcolm Hood. In picture are crew chief John Schultz and assistant crew chief Dick Spicer. Armorer is unknown. This a/c was eventually transferred to the 78th FG as a “war wary” hack where it became HL-L “Little Dog”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Rocco R Lepore, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11224 C5-C “Pretty Pat”. Pictured here is the result of a crash-landing at Leiston by Lt. Lepore on 1 January 1945 almost ending up amongst the parked a/c of 363rd FS.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward R Fry, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14648 C5-D “Princess Pat”. This a/c was lost on 17 April 1945 when Lt. Robert W Muller evaded.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Henry A Pfeiffer, Nappanee, IN, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14507 C5-E “Tangerine”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Jack R “Walrus Jack” Warren, San Jacinto, CA, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-12124 C5-F. Capt. Warren was killed in action flying this a/c on 18 March 1944 due to severe weather conditions.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Vincent V Zettler Jr, Canton, OH, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72927 C5-F “Canton Can”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Mark H Stepelton, Chicago, IL, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106978 C5-G “Lady Julie”. This a/c was lost on 4 August 1944 with Lt. Wallace J Reid becoming a POW.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gilman L Weber, Hartford, MI, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72372 C5-G “Alibabsandi” (L) / “Treasure” (R). This a/c was sold to Sweden as 26059.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Chester K Maxwell. Alva, OK, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63861 C5-H "Elixir!” (L) / “Lady Esther" (R)

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Chester K Maxwell. Alva, OK, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63861 C5-H "Elixir!” (L) / “Lady Esther" (R) Capt. Maxwell was flying this a/c on 25 February 1945 when he was forced to make an emergency landing at Station 133 East Wretham, home of the 359th Fighter Group, due to engine failure.

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Littlefriends.co.uk P-51B “hack” of 364th Fighter Squadron. 43-6787 C5-H/ “Eager Beaver” displays the “War Weary” w/w marking and also has the bar in front of the “H” rather than under or over as per normal.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George W Morris, Columbia, KY, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13783 C5-I “Bobby Marilyn”, seen here at Piryatin during the 357th’s shuttle mission “Frantic VI“. Next in line is P-51B 41-106473 C5-N “Geronimo” of Capt. John F Pugh, Brogan, OR, who is leaning against the cowling.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles E Burtner, Lebanon, IN, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13345 C5-I/ “Mary Ann”. This a/c was lost on 25 August 1944 when Lt. Burtner was interned in Sweden.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John B “The Blade” Carder, Red Oak, IA, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106777 C5-J “Taxpayer’s Delight”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John B “The Blade” Carder, Red Oak, IA, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106777 C5-J “Taxpayer’s Delight”. This a/c was lost on 12 May 1944 with Capt. Carder becoming a POW.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gerald E Tyler, Houston, TX, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6376 C5-J “Little Duckfoot” (L&R). This a/c was involved in a taxiing accident at Leiston on 19 October 1944.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gerald E Tyler, Houston, TX, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14660 C5-J “Little Duckfoot” (L&R). Lt. Carder’s replacement a/c.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ivan L McGuire, Danville, IL, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72056 C5-J “Plastered Bastard” (L&R). This a/c was written off in a crash landing on 9 April 1945.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ivan L McGuire, Danville, IL, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72821 C5-J “Plastered Bastard” (L&R). Capt. McGuire’s replacement a/c which was eventually sold to Switzerland as J-2112.

Photo: Joe Black
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard C Smith, Swink, CO, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51 43-6974 C5-K “Mr. Period”. Capt. Smith was KIA flying this a/c on 29 June 1944 some 20 miles SW of Leipzig.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Louis A Fetcher III, Jersey City, NJ, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 43-25039 C5-K “Li’l Kitten”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Thomas H Adams, El Dorado, AR, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-64099 C5-L “Arkansas Traveler”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John C Howell, Milwaukee, OR, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106447 C5-L "Shoo Shoo Baby".

Photo: Mike Howell
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John C Howell Milwaukee, OR, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106447 C5-L "Shoo Shoo Baby" now fitted with a Malcolm Canopy.

Photo: Mike Howell
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John C Howell, Milwaukee, OR, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13583 C5-L "Shoo Shoo Baby".

Profile: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51B 43-6581 C5-M seen here following a landing accident at Boxted on 9 February 1944. Unfortunate pilot was Capt. John L Medeiros and on repair this a/c was reissued to the 359th FG as CV-V “Tootser”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph M Jenkins, Savannah, GA, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B C5-M “Geechee Gal”. Details of this a/c or the crash seen here are currently unknown. Lt. Jenkins’ replacement a/c was P-51C 42-103389 C5-M “Geechee Gal” in which he was killed in action on 24 May 1944.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Hollis R “Bud” Nowlin, Port Arthur, TX, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103348 “Vicious Viv”. Illustration shows a landing accident at Leiston on 12 May 1944. There appears to be no name on the cowling so it is possible that the a/c was in the process of being reassigned. Pilot concerned in the accident was Lt. Joseph G Sullivan, Forest Hills, NY. This C5-M was previously named “Hell’s Belles” by an unknown pilot and prior to that was “Daddy’s Pet” of Lt. Harry H Hermansen Jr.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Irving E Snedeker, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D C5-M “Rovin’ Rhoda” (L) / “4 Bolts” (R). Lt. Snedeker became a POW action flying this a/c on 17 April 1945 following a crash-landing at Ruzyne aerodrome. The 4 Bolts refer to Irving and three others who went through flight school together, one of whom was Don Kocher, also of 364th FS who also had “4 Bolts” on the right side of his P-51.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Irving E Snedeker, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D C5-M “Rovin’ Rhoda” (L) / “4 Bolts” (R). View of the right side showing the “4 Bolts” artwork.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Thomas L Hayes Jr. Brooks, OR, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13318 C5-N "Frenesi". Tommy seen here with his crew - S/Sgt. Robert L Krull (c.c.); Sgt. Gene J Barsalou (a.c.c.) and Sgt. Fed Keiper (arm).

Photo: Tommy Hayes
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Thomas L Hayes Jr. Brooks, OR, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13318 C5-N "Frenesi".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Glendon V “GV” Davis, Parma, ID, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6867 C5-O “Pregnant Polecat”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Glendon V “GV” Davis, Parma, ID, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6867 C5-O “Pregnant Polecat”. This a/c was lost on 28 April 1944 when Capt. Davis evaded capture.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Glendon V “GV” Davis, Parma, ID, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6867 C5-O “Pregnant Polecat”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert G Schimanski, Spokane, WA, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14334 C5-O “Anne Lou”. Crew Chief S/Sgt. Wilbur Reich seen here with his charge.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert G Schimanski, Spokane, WA, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51 44-14334 C5-O “Anne Lou”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Irwin H Dregne, Viroqua, WI, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group, P-51B C5-Q “Bobbie Jeanne” (L) ”Ah Fung-Goo II” (R). The serial # of this, Col. Dregne’s first “Bobby Jean” is currently unknown. Bobbie Jeanne was named for his wife and daughter but the spelling of Bobbie/Bobby varied between his three known a/c.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Irwin H Dregne, Viroqua, WI, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group, P-51D 44-13408 C5-Q “Bobbie Jeanne” (L) ”Ah Fung-Goo II” (R).

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Irwin H Dregne, Viroqua, WI, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group, P-51D 44-13408 C5-Q “Bobbie Jeanne” (L) ”Ah Fung-Goo II” (R). The name “Ah Fung-Goo” on the right side of Col. Dregne’s a/c was chosen by his crew chief S/Sgt. Russell McNeil.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Irwin H Dregne, Viroqua, WI, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group, P-51K 44-11678 C5-Q “Bobby Jeanne” (L) ”Ah Fung-Goo” (R).

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Irwin H Dregne, Viroqua, WI, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group, P-51K 44-11678 C5-Q “Bobby Jeanne” (L) ”Ah Fung-Goo” (R).

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Irwin H Dregne, Viroqua, WI, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group, P-51K 44-11678 C5-Q “Bobby Jeanne” (L) ”Ah Fung-Goo” (R).

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. John A Storch, Long Beach, CA, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group, P-51B 42-106826 C5-R “The Shillelagh”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. John A Storch, Long Beach, CA, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group, P-51B 42-106826 C5-R “The Shillelagh”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. John A Storch, Long Beach, CA, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group, P-51D 44-13546 C5-R “The Shillelagh”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. John A Storch, Long Beach, CA, Headquarters Unit 357th Fighter Group, P-51D 44-63164 C5-R “The Shillelagh”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Thomas L “Little Red” Harris, Santa Paula, CA, 364th Fighter Squadron, P-51B 43-6653 C5-S “Li’l Red’s Rocket”. This a/c was lost on 27 May 1944 with the then 1/Lt. Harris becoming a POW. His promotion to Captain came through on 8 June, after he was captured.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk P-51B 42-106923 C5-S “Pistol Pete” The assigned pilot who gave it this nickname is unknown but the airframe had several assigned pilots as C5-S including Capt. Lloyd M Hubbard with “Almost” and Lt. Harry H Hermansen Jr, El Campo, TX, with “Daddy’s Pet”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Richard A Peterson, Alexandria, MN, 364th Fighter Squadron, P-51B 43-6953 C5-T “Hurry Home Honey”. This a/c was lost on 20 June 1944 with Heyward C Spinks, LaGrange, GA, evading capture.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Richard A Peterson, Alexandria, MN, 364th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-13586 C5-T “Hurry Home Honey”. Maj. Peterson and crew chief S/Sgt. Earl Lloyd and their replacement for the B model.. On completion of Maj. Peterson’s first tour, this a/c was reassigned to Lt. Horace P Howell, Wayne, PA, who named it “Flak Happy”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Richard A Peterson, Alexandria, MN, 364th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-13586 C5-T “Hurry Home Honey”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Richard A Peterson, Alexandria, MN, 364th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14868 C5-T “Hurry Home Honey”. Maj. Peterson’s a/c of his second tour and reassigned to Lt. Wright as C5-ZZ “Mormon Mustang”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Richard A Peterson, Alexandria, MN, 364th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14868 C5-T “Hurry Home Honey”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roland R Wright, Salt Lake City, UT, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-73219 C5-T “Mormon Mustang”. A replacement for Lt. Wright’s previous P-51 C5-ZZ.

Photo: Joe Black
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dale E Karger, McKees Rocks, PA, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15026 C5-U "Cathy Mae” / “Karger's Dollie". This a/c was lost on 10 January 1945 when Lt. Frederick C McCall was killed in action.

Photo: Laurent Boulestin
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dale E Karger, McKees Rocks, PA, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72313 C5-U "Cathy Mae II”. It is currently unproven that the “Karger’s Dollie” artwork appeared on the right side of this replacement a/c.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dale E Karger, McKees Rocks, PA, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72313 C5-U "Cathy Mae II”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-13691 C5-V was previously Chuck Weaver’s G4-A with the 362nd FS. As can be seen, the striking artwork was retained and the a/c later named “Gypsy”. Assigned pilot is currently unknown.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Morris A Stanley, Alvin, TX, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13678 C5-V. This a/c was named by Lt. Stanley as “Linda J” and “Million Dollar Baby” but the poor quality of this shot does not make for adequate interpretation.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert N Moore, Matawan, NJ, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72451 C5-V "Campus Queen”. This a/c was sold to Switzerland post-war as J-2017.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert N Moore, Matawan, NJ, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72451 C5-V "Campus Queen”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-73278 C5-X of 364th Fighter Squadron. No other details known concerning this particular P-51.

Photo: Joe Black
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Stephen [NMI] Wasylyk, Philadelphia, PA, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13621 C5-X/ "Philly-Dillies “ (L&R). As can be seen in this photo, the bar was above the letter, a practice that was particularly common in the 357th FG.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Raymond M Bank, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15266 C5-Y "Fire Ball “. Lt. Bank became a POW on 2 March 1945 whilst flying this a/c.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles D Sumner, Bat Cave, NC, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-12423 C5-Z "Bat Cave".

Photo: Martin Kyburz (Swiss Mustangs)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles D Sumner, Bat Cave, NC, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-12423 C5-Z "Bat Cave".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles D Sumner, Bat Cave, NC, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103502 C5-Z "Bat Cave" (L)” / “Pride of the Yanks” (R). The choice of name on the starboard side was one of three prizes for a GI fund raising competition. Capt. Summer is at the prop pointing to the name whilst flight chief T/Sgt. Joe DeShay looks on from over the cowling. Crew chief S/Sgt. Lee Henley is on the wing root whilst assistant crew chief Sgt. Art Koval is to his right. Standing with the ammunition belt is armorer Sgt. Robert Pickett.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lloyd E Zachariae, Tulsa, OK, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13578 C5-Z “Mom Smith’s Li’l Angel”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lloyd E Zachariae, Tulsa, OK, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13578 C5-Z “Mom Smith’s Li’l Angel”.

 
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Donald C Kocher, Oswego, NY, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13861 C5-Z “Li’l Poopsie” (L) / ”4-Bolts” (R). "Poopsie" was the name of Don's pet dog.

Photo: Don Kocher
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Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-15613 C5-Z of 364th Fighter Squadron. It is not known if this a/c was assigned to anyone in the 357th but its time there must have been very short. It was transferred in from the 4th FG, was in turn transferred out to the 352nd FG and eventually ended up with the 370th FG of the 9th Air Force.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roland R Wright, Salt Lake City, UT, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14868 C5-ZZ “Mormon Mustang”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Howard E Moebius, Milwaukie, WI, 364th Fighter Squadron. Lt Moebius’s assigned a/c is currently unknown. He evaded capture after falling victim to friendly fire during the Arnhem operation on 19 September 1944. At the time he was flying P-51D 44-13801 C5-M which had been assigned to Lt. Hollis R Nowlin, Port Arthur, TX, until the end of his tour on 10 September 1944.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wallace J Reid, Paton, MN, 364th Fighter Squadron. Lt Reid became a POW shortly after joining the 364th FS on 11 July 1944. He was flying Lt. Stepelton’s P-51B 42-106978 C5- G “Lady Julie” on 4 August when it was damaged by flak, causing him to bail out into the Baltic Sea.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert C Smith, Clio, MI, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B C5-# “Papp’s Answer”. Serial # and code letter currently unknown. It has been suggested that this a/c might have been 43-6813 C5-E but that does not fit in with the known timescale for that a/c. Lt. Transferred to the 339th FG on 1 June 1944 and was KIA on his first mission with them on 8 June.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert L Smith, Spencer, NY, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-12423 C5-X “Slic Chic”.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James E Strode, 364th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6978 C5-# “Ma Cherie Liz”. Lt Strode was killed in action whilst flying this a/c on 27 March 1944. Crewman in shot is currently unidentified.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph G Sullivan Forest Hills, NY, 364th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not known but Lt. Sullivan evaded after being downed by flak on 24 May 1944 in P-51B 42-106884 C5-#. He was known to have named his assigned P51B “Mu's Rivel”.

 
  
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 Lt. Amos E Van Fleet, Ralston, NE., 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63195 G4-N "Fritz” seen here at an RAF station that has not yet been identified and showing that the nickname was applied to the port side only. Fritz was the pet name for his wife Frances. Fitter, LAC Ward is seen on the extreme left.

Photo: Graham Ward
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold M Kenney, Manchester, NH, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13522 B6-O "Little Girl”. Reassigned to Lt. Kenney from Capt. O’Brien’s B6-G “Billy’s Bitch”. Hit by flak whilst flying this P-51 on 17 August 1944, Lt. Kenney bailed out near Charleroi, Belgium and evaded capture; returning to Leiston on 9 September.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William T Gilbert Jr, 362nd Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6688 G4-R “Wanderin’ Willie”. This a/c was previously Maj. Arval Roberson’s G4-A “Passion Wagon” and reassigned to Gilbert when he received his new P-51D. It eventually became the two-seater “469th Baby”. Sitting to the right on the wing is Capt. John Briggs Main, a ground officer from the Headquarters Unit. It is said that the crews converted it to the two-seater following an accident, but no record of any accident can be found. It is most likely that it was a conversion of a “war weary” airframe.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Marion E “Stinky” Burnett, Homer, LA, 363rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13745 B6-C “Stinky”. Lt. Burnett was killed bailing out of this aircraft 15 miles East of Kassel, Germany on 13th September 1944. Seen in the photo from L-R are unidentified armorer, Lt. Burnett, unidentified assistant crew chief and crew chief S/Sgt. John Kveselis, New Britain, CT.

Photo: Judy Kveselis Armstrong
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James C Monahan, Ridgewood, NY, 364th Fighter Squadron. Lt Monahan joined the 364th FS on 25th March 1945 and became a POW on 17th April having belly-landed at Zdimerice, South of Prague due to flak damage. At the time he was flying Capt. Paul R Hatala Jr’s P-51D 44-14900 C5-B “Nellie Jean”. See photo of C5-B higher up the page.

Photo: Brian Monahan
  


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