361st FG - Enlargement Page

While returning from a target escort mission to Rotenburg airfield on 30 May 1944, Lt. Loy C. Vandiver of the 374th Squadron crash-landed at Bottisham due to locked brakes. Thus, his personal mount, P-51C 42-103362, B7:V was written off as Category E. However, Lt. Vandiver went on to complete his tour in September 1944 with a claim of one aerial victory plus one enemy aircraft damaged on the ground. (Correction to Little Friends caption which was based on incorrect WW2 records) (Pearce)