Lt. Robert Hobbs of the 376th only narrowly escaped death when his P-51D “Lil’ Larry”, 44-13646, E9:W (formerly the mount of Lt. Robert W. Ward) crashed near Eau Brink during a test flight on 24 April 1945. While carrying out routine manoeuvres, the right wing broke off at the gun bay, causing a vicious snap roll which threw Hobbs out of the cockpit, still strapped in his seat. Mercifully, it fell away as he parachuted to safety. (Hobbs)