Training also took its toll in the 361st Fighter Group and, consequently, denied a number of pilots the opportunity to fly in combat. Tragically for Lt. Harry G. Bosyk of the 374th Squadron, the consequences were fatal. Assigned as a replacement pilot on 9 August 1944, his P-51D 44-13652 broke up as a result of structural failure during a training mission on 29 August 1944 and crashed near Middleton.(Cole)