361st FG - Enlargement Page

The 361st converted to the P-51 in early May 1944 and following a brief period when both types operated together, the Thunderbolts were phased out and the first all Mustang mission was flown on 13 May. On the 16th, however, the Group suffered its first fatality with the new plane when former “Bill’s Buzz Boy”, Lt. Eugene W. Kinnaird of the 375th crashed near Lode during a mock dogfight with a RAF Hurricane. His personal P-51B, 43-24790, E2:X was totally destroyed. (USAF)