2/Lt. Douglas E. Mayer
(Robert M. Littlefield)
2/Lt. Douglas E. Mayer
38th FS - 11 August 1944 - 12 September 1944 (Killed in Action)
P-51D CG-Y 44-13909 "Mom's Pride" (55th FGA)
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11 August 1944 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
12 September 1944 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 08664
Lt. Mayer filled in as a spare with the 343rd Fighter Squadron, which he did on his own option. Pilots that flew as a spare did so for their own squadron and were not required to fill in for another squadron unless they so desired. This was a policy in the 55th Fighter Group because pilots were hesitant about flying in crucial combat situations with an unknown pilot. The three fighter squadrons were not located near one another. Pilots tended to stay with their own squadron and saw other squadron pilots only during the briefing of a combat mission held in the Group briefing room, in which only those who were to fly attended.
2/Lt. Donald Mercier reported: "On 12 September 1944, I was flying Blue 3 in Tudor Squadron. Before landfall, Tudor Blue 4 aborted and Hellcat Spare filled in. (Lt. Mayer in CG-Y.) About 10 minutes before R/V the squadron was climbing to 25,000 feet, when Lt. Mayer said his high blower didn't work and he would have to return to base. Blue leader told me to escort him so we turned back. About 15 minutes later we passed a railroad track with many trains going south to north. I called these to his attention and he said his engine was OK in low blower so let's get them. We went down and got about 12 to 15 locomotives destroyed between us. We started out and passed over an airport, believed to be Rheine, on which we saw single engine A/C. We made one pass but before getting to them moderately accurate 50 cal. ground fire made us take violent evasive action. My airplane was hit in the canopy and right wing tip. After passing over this field I glanced back and saw a P-51 about 1/2 mile away and at about 500 feet with a fire in his left wing. I watched it make a left turn, losing altitude slowly and finally hit the ground and explode. I looked for a parachute but did not see any. It is possible the pilot bailed out before it reached the altitude at which I first saw it, and got to the ground within a few seconds without my seeing him."
Lt. Mayer is buried at Ft. Snelling National
Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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