Flying the Mustang was a thrill for any young fighter pilot and many were tempted to perform a “buzz job” whenever the opportunity presented itself. Occasionally, however, such stunts resulted in disaster, as occurred on 1 November 1944 while returning from Gelsenkirchen. 375th pilot Lt. James A. Eason, flying P-51D 44-14181, E2:B, decided to do some low-level aerobatics, but his plane struck a tree near Beachamwell. (Pearce)