361st FG - Enlargement Page

Ground crewmen inspect the damage to P-51B “Nita”/“Bottoms Up”, 42-106917, E2:K which crash-landed just short of the base after a mission in support of the Allied landings in Normandy on 7 June 1944, piloted by Lt. Murray C. Bell of the 375th Squadron. The Mustang was repaired but crashed and exploded during a strafing mission on 26 August 1944. The pilot, Lt. Jack S. Crandell, was killed in action.(USAF)