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Captain William B. Overstreet
Posted to England in November 1943 to join the 363rd fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group at Leiston Bill Overstreet flew his P51 combat mission on 12th February 1944. He commanded nearly 50 combat missions during his tour with the 357th FS, taking part in escorting the big raids to Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzeig and many other city targets as well as participating in escort missions to Russia from Italy. Shot down once he managed to escape to freedom after two days capacity. Returning stateside in October 1944.
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|Aircraft for : Captain William B. Overstreet|
|A list of all aircraft associated with Captain William B. Overstreet. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.|
Manufacturer : North American
The ubiquitous North American P-51 Mustang, which many consider to be the best all-around fighter of WW II, owes its origins to the British Air Ministry. Following Britains entry into WW II in 1939, the RAF was interested in purchasing additional fighter aircraft from American sources, particularly the Curtiss P-40. Curtiss, which was busy, was unable to guarantee timely delivery so the British approached North American Aviation as a possible second source for the P-40. North American chose to propose its own fighter design which would use the same Allison engine as the P-40. Utilizing new laminar flow wings, the North American fighter was expected to have performance better than the P-40. Developed in record time the new aircraft was designated as a Mustang I by the Brits, whereas the USAAF ordered two for evaluation which were designated XP-51 Apaches. Intrigued with the possibility of using this aircraft also as a dive bomber, North American proposed this to the USAAF which decided to order 500 of the P-51 aircraft to be modified for dive bombing use. Designated as the A-36 Invader, this version of the Mustang utilized dive flaps, and bomb racks under each wing. Some reinforcing of the structural members was also required because of the G-forces to be encountered in dive bombing. A-36s entered combat service with the USAAF prior to any P-51s. In early 1943 the 86th and 27th Fighter Bomber Groups of the 12th Air Force began flying A-36s out of Northern Africa. Despite some early problems with instability caused by the dive flaps, the A-36 was effective in light bombing and strafing roles. It was not, however, capable of dog fighting with German fighters, especially at higher altitudes. Despite these drawbacks one USAAF pilot, Captain Michael T. Russo, who served with the 16th Bomb Squadron of the 27th Fighter Bomber Group, was credited with five confirmed aerial victories in the A-36, thereby becoming the first mustang ace.
|Squadrons for : Captain William B. Overstreet|
|A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Captain William B. Overstreet. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.|
357th Fighter Group
Country : US
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|357th Fighter Group|
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363rd Fighter Squadron
Country : US
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|363rd Fighter Squadron|
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|Aviation History Timeline : 22nd November|
|22||November||1916||Stephan Kirmaier, a WW1 Ace with 11.00 victories, died on this day|
|22||November||1941||Knight's Cross recipient Werner Mölders of III./Jagdgeschwader 53 died on this day|
|22||November||1941||Oberst Werner Molders, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day|
|22||November||1941||Werner Molders, a WW2 Ace with 115.00 victories, died on this day|
|22||November||1943||Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. W. Brown of 600 Squadron, was Killed.|
|22||November||1943||Generalmajor Hermann Plocher of chief of the Generalstab Luftflotte 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross|
|22||November||1943||Hauptmann Adolf Borchers of 11./Jagdgeschwader 51 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross|
|22||November||1943||Hauptmann Emil Badorrek of 4./Fernaufklärungs-Gruppe 11 was awarded the Knight's Cross|
|22||November||1943||Hauptmann Günter Hitz of 2./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross|
|22||November||1943||Hauptmann Helmut Waldecker of I./Kampfgeschwader 6 was awarded the Knight's Cross|
|22||November||1943||Leutnant Emil Lang of 9./Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross|
|22||November||1943||Leutnant Johann Muhr of 5./Flak-Abteilung 505 was awarded the Knight's Cross|
|22||November||1943||Leutnant Willy Kientsch of 6./Jagdgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross|
|22||November||1943||Major Helmut Störchel of III./Kampfgeschwader 30 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross|
|22||November||1943||Oberfeldwebel Albin Wolf of 6./Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross|
|22||November||1943||Oberleutnant Herbert Bartels of 3./Flak-Regiment 293 (mot) was awarded the Knight's Cross|
|22||November||1943||Oberleutnant Joachim Brendel of 1./Jagdgeschwader 51 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross|
|22||November||1943||Oberleutnant Maximilian Mayerl of 9./Jagdgeschwader 51 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross|
|22||November||1969||Otto Hohne, a WW1 Ace with 6.00 victories, died on this day|
|22||November||2001||Lt Colonel Ronnie Hay, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day|
|22||November||2001||Ronald Hay, a WW2 Ace with 13.00 victories, died on this day|
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