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February 13, 1945 P-51 Training Accident at Trimley St. Mary 356 FG, 361 FS

Discussion in 'Fighters' started by David Kiley, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. David Kiley

    David Kiley New Member

    A fellow pilot of my father's in the 34th Bomb Group completed his tour and transferred to the 356th FG, 361st FS. Walter Malone Baskin was killed during simulated combat with another P-51. He crashed into the mud flats of the Orwell river approximately 2 miles west of Trimley St. Mary. His war time diary was covered in the book "Belle of the Brawl" by Thomas P. Reynolds.

    My question is: Where MACRs generated for this type of accident? If not, is there some other type of accident report generated for these training accidents?

    Thanks!
     
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    Parker Member

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  5. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    two articles
     

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    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Likely off topic but I was curious. 1st Lt Walter M Baskin's first tour as a bomber pilot was with the 18BS, 34BG, 8AF, perhaps serving in other squadrons as well(?). The name "Belle of the Brawl" was very popular with Fortress crews as at least 5 are recorded using this name. However in Lt Baskin's case this applies to a Ford built Liberator B-24H-20-FO-42-94904 featured on BBW http://www.b24bestweb.com/belleofthebrawl-v1-1.htm and as suggested by David in post #1 in the book by the same name https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1563113082/b24bestwebA/ (with a "look inside" for those interested)

    Some additional 34BG sources related to 42-94904
    http://valortovictory.tripod.com/b24s/42-94904.htm
    http://valortovictory.tripod.com/000b24s.htm
    http://valortovictory.tripod.com/1944-06.htm
     
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  7. David Kiley

    David Kiley New Member

    Yes Walter was a copilot to Russel Paulnock in the 34th BG 18th Squadron and was a Quonset hut mate and good friend of my father's (also a pilot in the 34th BG). Walter flew approximately 35 bombing missions with the 34th (both B-24 and B-17) before transferring to the 361st Fighter Squadron. He had shot down a couple of FW-190s in his short career as a fighter pilot. My father who was away at Stalag Luft I when Walter died, always assumed he had been KIA until being interviewed by Walter's nephew (Tom Reynolds) for the book "Belle of the Brawl".
     
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