361st FG - Enlargement Page

Lt. William V. Staples of the 374th lies momentarily trapped in his P-51B 42-106655, B7:O (formerly L/Col. Wallace E. Hopkins’ “Ferocious Frankie”, B7:H) after colliding with a Cletrac tractor while landing at Bottisham on 17 July 1944. Fortunately, he survived with only minor injuries, but was killed when his P-51B 43-24840, B7:G crashed shortly after take-off near Cowlinge on 31 July 1944.(Casto)