Shortly after VE-Day, the 361st FG began training for redeployment to the Pacific Theatre, which included high altitude dive-bombing. However, a practice mission over Little Walden on 23 July 1945 spelt disaster for two pilots of the 375th. Lt. John E. Havey’s P-51D “Libby”/“Sweet-Flo”, 44-14556, E2:I dived straight into the ground and exploded, while P-51D “Tony”, 44-15038, E2:M, flown by former 453rd BG B-24 pilot Lt. J. Warren Geron (pictured), disintegrated, scattering wreckage on a nearby farm.(Pearce)