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354th Fighter Group: The "Pioneer Mustangs"
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My late father, Gus Allen,  was a fighter pilot in WWII (354th FG, 355th FS).

He flew with the "Pioneer Mustangs," the first fighter group to fly the formidable P51 Mustang fighter plane in the ETO.

The Pioneer Mustangs were also first in aerial victories, with 701.

The 354th Fighter Group was composed of 3 fighter squadrons: the 354th, "Fighting Cobras, the 355th "Pugnacious Pups." and the 356th "Red Asses."

This page is devoted to Pioneer Mustang and P51 Mustang links, along with a few photos, old newspaper clippings, and memories of the 354th "Pioneer" Mustangs.

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Photo of some men of the 355th Fighter Squadron

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Updated Link! 354th Fighter Group in WWII
Pictures, history, mission chronology & more. Daniel never fails to have fascinating historical information, lots of great pictures from the past and from the more recent 354th FG reunions, and so much more. Highly recommended!

Lt. Charles Gumm of the the 354th gave his life to avoid crashing his plane into the English  town of Nayland.
Visit the page they have made in his honor. Included, you'll find an extract from the 355th Fighter Squadron's log book, maps, photos and more! Lt. Gumm was the first P-51 pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft.

Read about Jim Howard of the Pioneer Mustangs, who was called the "One-Man Air Force!"
He joined the 354th Fighter Group after serving with  Chennault's famed "Flying Tigers" in China. He is the only pilot in the ETO to receive the Medal of Honor, and was the first pilot to become an Ace in both the China-Burma-India theater and the ETO.

354th Fighter Group  
More great photos!

The Pioneer Mustangs
The First Fighter Group to get the North American P-51B Mustang Fighter Plane. Gene Lamar dedicates  this wonderful site to his father, Lt. Robert M. Lamar, and to family friend Col. Kenneth E. Gorman, both members of the Pioneer Mustangs.
An absolute must-see for those interested in the354th Fighter Group!

The 354th Fighter Wing Today: at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska!

Photo Collection from Volume VI, Army Air Forces in World War II  
Fabulous online photo gallery!

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