A flight of 4 P-51s seen from two angles, approaching the advance airfield at Criqueville (A-2) in France. They peel off for landing.Three of them are seen rolling out after landing. The only plane markings visible in this clip are on the last aircraft to land. It has a donkey painted on its tail, identifying it as belonging to the 356th Fighter Squadron (Red Asses) of the 354th Fighter Group.
U.S. Army Air Forces 354th Fighter Group in Normandy. Ground crew run to pull camouflage from P-51 at advance air strip Criqueville (A-2) in Normandy during World War 2. The P-51 prop turns,engine starts, and it taxis forward. The name "Bonnie B II" is painted on the fuselage, and 17 swastikas are painted below the cockpit. A Mustang is painted on the tail. It's serial number is 43-12375. The aircraft stops. The name, Captain Don M. Beerbower,is painted below the cockpit. He stands up and climbs out of the airplane, wearing his oxygen mask and helmet. Scene shifts to a loudspeaker in a control facility.A soldier is seen talking on the radio in a plexiglassed enclosure. A flight of P-51s approaches the field. They break off and proceed to buzz the field.
(Note concerning Captain Beerbower,of Hill City, Minnesota, seen in this clip. He served as acting Commander of the 353rd Fighter Squadron and was later promoted to Major. He was Commander of the 353rd Fighter Squadron when killed in action, by ground fire while flying his P-51, Bonnie B II, leading an attack on a German airfield near Reims, France, on August 9, 1944. His decorations included: the DSC, Silver Star,DFC (3), Air Medal (26), British DFC, Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Citation and Campaign Medals.)
The United States 9th Air Force airmen prepare to eat food in France. A chow line in progress. Tables lined in front of a tent. Containers of steaming food on the tables. The soldiers dish out food for themselves. Trees in the background. Two men in a field. A P-51 flies overhead. The plane does acrobatics in the distance. Pilots of the 354th Fighter Group give an aerial demonstration over their base at the new strip (A-2) just inside the Normandy beachhead in July '44. The town of Criqueville, France is nearby.
U.S. Army Air Forces personnel of the 354th Fighter Group, the Pioneer Mustang Fighter Group, with several horses on a field in France during World War 2. A pilot, in uniform,tries unsuccessfully to mount a small horse, bareback. Later, after lassoing a large horse,with help from others, he approaches and slowly gains its confidence enough to slip a training bridle on and mount it. He then expertly rides the horse bareback, even managing to ride at a canter. (The field is near the town of Criqueville, France, close to the Normandy Beachhead.)
Decoration ceremony conducted by Lieutenant General Brereton, Commander of U.S. Army Air Forces 9th Air Force, at advance airfield, Criqueville (A-2) France, during World War 2. Nine pilots of the 354th Fighter Group are lined up at attention in a field. A photographer clicks pictures. Two officers stand beside a table on which medals are kept. Captain Beerbower marches towards Lt Gen Brereton. The Lt Gen decorates him. Lt Gen Brereton decorates a major, a captain and a lieutenant, shaking hands with them. The company stands at attention. The honored men stand back in a line. General Brereton is seen, later, conversing with Captain Beerbower (wearing Silver Star). Among those decorated in this ceremony were: Capt. Don M. Beerbower (Silver Star); Capt. Wallace N. Emmer, Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Lieutenant Carl Bickel (DFC).
P-51 Mustang aircraft of the U.S. Army Air Forces 354th Fighter Group landing at 9th Air Force advanced air strip A-2, near Criqueville, France, during World War 2. Letters "FT" on fuselage identify them as belonging to the 353rd Fighter Squadron.