Assigned to Capt William B Smith
Capt Smith flew two combat tours with 4th Fighter Group. This Thunderbolt was his first aircraft which was later assigned to Lt Gilbert Ross and 1Lt Richard Douglas. After taking leave in the USA Smith returned to fly his second tour in a P51D (44-14281) until killed on 13th September 1944. After being hit by flak while strafing an airfield near Ulm, Germany, Smith pulled up to around 400ft, rolled over and exploded on impact with the ground.
© Ray Bowden 21 October 2021