352 FG 328 FS Lonesome Polecat,1st Lt. Daniel N. Meyers

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352 FG 328 FS Lonesome Polecat,1st Lt. Daniel N. Meyers

Postby CLASH » Tue Sep 28, 2004 1:35 am

ImageA great story here: Not much known about this aircraft, but on february 27h 1945 1st Lt. Daniel N. Meyers flew it and had to bail out at sea. Here is his report on that flight: "On February 27th I flew my 36th mission during which our group escorted bombers to Leipzig. About an hour after we left the target, still with the bombers, enemy fighters were reported in the area. Nothing noteworthy had happened up to this time, but we did become more alert. The next thing I saw however, was the bottom of another P-51 coming down on top of me. I slid off to the right and into a dive to avoid collision. By the time I recovered and looked around, the rest of the group were tiny dots far to the west and high above me. Being all alone and fearful that I might encounter enemy fighters I dropped down into a welcome overcast, headed west on instruments. Every so often I pulled up above the clouds and about the third time I did this, the sky had mostly cleared and I recognized the Dutch islands in the delta of the Rhine River. This was a welcome sight as I knew that in a half hour I would be home. I attempted to call for course, and discovered my radio was out, which was not of any great concern. Of more concern however, was the fact that I now found that my fuel tank selector valve was jammed and there was insufficient fuel in the tank I was using to get me home." "Now I was scared! The water down there looked very cold. Flying with my left hand and trying to turn the selector valve with my right, almost made it across the water and then emerging from the twilight mist saw a boat directly in front of me and started to circle the vessel just as my engine began to sputter. I knew I was going to get very wet. I climbed to about 1500 feet and bailed out, released my chute harness when I hit the water and inflated my Mae West. Since I could see the boat approaching I did not bother with my dinghy. After what seemed like only a few minutes, one of the crew went overboard and hoisted me on deck.
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Postby dewolf » Tue Sep 28, 2004 10:08 am

Possibly an aircraft flown by several pilots.44-13759 P-51D 328 PE-K Kebelman Capt. Frank L Jr. Lonesome Polecat Lost 31 Dec 44 - F/O. Hugh A Howard Jr. KIA. Red rudder & white polkadots match pilots silk scarf.
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Postby SamSox » Fri Mar 18, 2005 4:38 pm

I realize that I am very new to this Forum, however with regards to the story posted regarding a Daniel N. Meyers and his mission of Feruary 27, 1945, I am having a problem with the whole idea. The 352nd FG Association Membership Directory has no listing either in the "active, deceased or MIA" for a Lt. Daniel N. Meyers. At the time of the mission, the 328th was stationed at A-84, Chievres Bel. The aircraft was serial number 44-11750 a "K" model. It was assigned to Capt. Frank Kebelman and he had named it "Lonesome Polecat, Jr". It was lost on a Mission on February 27, 1945, but not in the hands of a Lt. Daniel Meyers. The pilot on that mission was Lt. Sylverter J. Evans. He landed in German terriotary and was POW for the duration of the war. If my facts are incorrect please feel free to correct me. Sam Sox, Jr.
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352 FG 328 FS Lonesome Polecat,1st Lt. Daniel N. Meyers

Postby Pyker » Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:50 am

Not as new here as I am though Sam. :D The answer lies in the forum name - non 352nd History. You are quite right about the Lonesome Polecat that you mention and this was the second P-51 with that name in the group. The problem lies in the first post identifying Lt. Daniel N Myers with the 352nd. As you say, he was not. In fact he served with the 357th FG 363rd FS and bailed out over the North Sea on 27 Feb. 1945. There was of course no MACR filed and that is why we have not got the serial number of his B6 coded a/c.Lonesome Polecat was of course a very popular choice of name as were many other of the Dogpatch characters and sure enough the 363rd FS had one as well. This was 44-24356 B6-H which was lost on 26 Feb. 1945 - just a little bit close those dates! However this was assigned to Lt. K Landis and was lost with Lt. Roy Anthony in control. He bailed out into the Channel, 10 miles off of Southwold (on the Suffolk coast) and was picked up by Air-sea rescue.Hope that this helps to clarify things.Peter
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Postby Pyker » Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:55 am

OopsMust be nerves posting to this forum for the first time. The serial should have read 44-14356. Finger slipped!
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Postby dewolf » Fri Apr 08, 2005 11:00 am

Glad to have you here, Peter. Please post anytime on any topic. For your interest, the Edit feature will allow you to "correct" any error you might find in any of your own posts.
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Postby Sam Sox » Fri Apr 08, 2005 11:56 am

Thanks for the clarification, Peter. I appreciate learn something new! All the best, Sam
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