Scouting Force


Experimental Force (SFX)
Steeple Morden July 1944 to 19 Sept 1944
1st Scouting Force
Honington 19 Sept 1944 to 13 March 1945
Bassingbourn 13 March 1945 (as 857th Bomb Squadron) to End of War
2nd Scouting Force
Steeple Morden 19 Sept 1944 to End of War
3rd Scouting Force
Wormingford August 1944 to End of War

Station Callsigns

Experimental Force (SFX)
Two Room
1st Scouting Force
Honington: Outside
Bassingborn: Information wanted
2nd Scouting Force
Two Room
3rd Scouting Force

Group Callsigns
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  • Buckeye (ex bomber pilots)
  • Borax (fighter pilots)


N2 5Y 5E (Honington)
  • Buckeye (Honnington)
  • Cavarly (Basingbourn)


  • Bootleg


  • Kodak

Total Records: 111

Serial No Type Squad Sqd Code Pilot Rank/Given Names Markings Comments MACR
42-106448 P-51B 1SF N2- w/w Lost 14 Feb 45 - F/O Thomas W Kiley KITA - mid air with RAF Stirling
42-106727 P-51B 1SF 5E-T Terrible Tommy OTU a/c. Taxi accident Honington 15 Feb 45 - Lt. William L Rogers
43-24844 P-51B SFX YF-O McNally Lt. Russell J Lost 11 July 44 - Trembath - bailed out over London - Returned
43-25037 P-51C 3SF CL-C Crash landed 15 Feb 45 - Lt. Friend F Wilson
43-25053 P-51C 1SF 9H-A
44- P-51D 2SF OS-I Hornickel Lt. William G (ex 4 F/G)
44- P-51D 2SF OS-C Hughes Lt. Walter R (ex 4 F/G)
44- P-51D 2SF WR-S Marmon Lt. Leon H (ex 361 F/G) Li'l Filly
44- P-51D 2SF YF-E McLear Lt. Robert M (ex 355 F/G)
44- P-51D 2SF WR-B Moore Capt. Robert F (ex 445 B/G) Madge II
44- P-51D 3SF CG-P Wilson Lt. Friend F (ex 94th B/G) Miss Vera Named for his sister.
44- P-51D 2SF WR-B Nyman Capt. Richard W (ex 458 B/G) Piggy Eyes
44- P-51D 1SF - O'Connor Capt. Frederick T (ex 364 F/G) Mary Honey Named for future Wife
44- P-51D 2SF OS-G Orrick Lt. Thomas H (ex 479 FG)
44- P-51D 2SF YF-W Rodebaugh Lt. Charles R (ex 355 F/G)
44- P-51D 2SF OS-G Smith Lt. Kirby D (ex 355 F/G)
44- P-51D 2SF WR-S Wilkins Lt. John K Jr. (ex 479 F/G)
44- P-51D 2SF WR-Z Allen Lt. David R (ex 4 F/G)
44- P-51D 3SF - Beaty Edward Miss Corky Named for wife
44- P-51D 1SF - Burkholder Lt. Robert (ex 457 B/G) The Little Duchess
44- P-51D 2SF OS-I Castleberry Lt. Marvin A (ex 355 F/G) Lady Alyce
44- P-51D 2SF - Counselman Capt. Roger (ex 453 B/G) June Bug
44- P-51D 2SF - Edmonson Capt. Robert A (ex 44 B/G) Sassy Shari
44-1#### P-51D 2SF YF-D Ceglarski Capt. George W (ex 4 F/G) Sweet Stuff II
44-11233 P-51D 1SF 5Y-T Lost 1 Feb 45 - Lt. Edgar A Knapp Jr KIFA
44-11341 P-51D 2SF YF-D Ceglarski Capt. George W (ex 4 F/G) Sweet Stuff
44-11349 P-51D 3SF CY- Flown by Maj. Gagon on 3 Feb 45. Lost 6 Feb 45 - Lt. Brian J Booker KIFA
44-13279 P-51D SFX OS-M Buckles Lt. Clifford R (ex 355 F/G) Lois
44-13283 P-51D SFX YF-A Peaslee Col. Budd J (ex 384th BG) Carolyn Ann Named for his wife.
44-13283 P-51D 1SF 5E-A Peaslee Col. Budd J (ex 384th BG) Carolyn Ann Named for his wife. Lost 10 Jan 45 - Lt. William J Doherty details unknown. 11876
44-13349 P-51D SFX WR-W Williams Lt. Sumner Clark Margie II
44-13397 P-51D 2SF OS-F
44-13532 P-51D SFX YF-P McCrory Capt. Dale (ex 381BG) To 1SF at Honington on formation.
44-13545 P-51D 3SF - Flown by F/O Connors on 3 Feb 45
44-13553 P-51D SFX WR-C Dressendorfer Lt. Vincent G (ex 305 BG) Lost in this a/c 1 Aug 44 - KIA 7727
44-13557 P-51D SFX OS-E Ellsworth Lt. Paul R (ex 305 BG)
44-13557 P-51D 1SF 5E-E Smith Lt. Richard L "Spider" Easy Does It
44-13611 P-51D SFX WR-L Kilmer Lt. James L (ex 355 FG)
44-13611 P-51D 2SF WR-L Kilmer Lt. James L (ex 355 FG)
44-13636 P-51D SFX WR-B Price Lt.Col. Gerald C (ex 8AFHQ) The Starduster Lost in this a/c 23 Aug 44 - KITA duer to structural failure.
44-13650 P-51D 3SF - Flown by Lt. Mooers on 3 Feb 45
44-13659 P-51D 1SF 9H-J Dumont Lt. Merrill J (ex 303rd BG) Chip Ex Morphine Sue II of SFX
44-13659 P-51D SFX YF-J McNally Lt. Russell J Morphine Sue II To 1SF & coded 9H-J
44-13659 P-51D 1SF 5E-J Crash landed 20 Feb 45 - Lt. Stuart Honaker (per accident report)
44-13686 P-51D 1SF 5E-N Brooks Lt.Col. Allison C Rugged Rebel From SFX ex YF-N "III" dropped from name. Lost 3 Feb 45 - Lt. John J Allen POW. 12173
44-13686 P-51D SFX YF-N Dillon Capt. Richard M (ex 355 F/G) Rugged Rebel III To 1SF & coded 5E-N
44-13699 P-51D SFX OS-D Cox Lt. William A (ex 355 F/G - to 1S/F) G.I.Jive
44-13709 P-51D 1SF N2-H Brown Capt. Fred (ex 401 BG) Frances Anne Taxiing accident 9 November 1944 - rear fuselage chopped away by 44-13557 5E-E of Lt. Dick "Spider" Smith. Pilot Lt. Ellis J Wheless uninjured.
44-13709 P-51D SFX YF-H Brown Capt. Fred (ex 401 BG) Frances Anne
44-13728 P-51D SFX OS-G Burdge Lt. Ernest (ex 92BG)