Etta Jeanne II

Flying ace Huie Lamb was stationed at Duxford Air Base in the same timeframe as his friend Bill Spengler, the pilot of the original Buzzin’ Cuzzin. Huie was in the 82nd Fighter Squadron, while Bill was in the 83rd.

Huie Lamb and his P-47 at Duxford Air Base in 1944

Huie Lamb and his P-47 at Duxford Air Base in 1944

Huie flew P-47 missions for several months, but was assigned a P-51 in late 1944, and named it Etta Jeanne after his little sister back in Texas. On Huie’s very first mission in Etta Jeanne he had mechanical problems and had to ditch in the North Sea, miraculously surviving.

He named his second P-51 “Etta Jeanne II” and flew it until the end of the war.

Huie Lamb with Etta Jeanne II (and Brussels, adopted after the loss of a fellow pilot)

Huie Lamb with Etta Jeanne II (and Brussels, adopted after the loss of a fellow pilot)

Huie Lamb with Etta Jeann II (and Brussels, adopted after the loss of a fellow pilot)

Huie believes teamwork is everything; this coupled with his flying skills helped him achieve ace status in the 78th Fighter Group with numerous kills including an ME 262 (German jet).

In September 2013, Huie visited Duxford Air Base with Robert and Marcy Garriott, sharing his stories with the staff and historians of the Imperial War Museum. After his return, he shared with the museum the many photographs he had taken during the war and saved for 70 years.

The extraordinary stories of Huie’s wartime adventures and his trip to Duxford can be downloaded HERE (15 MB PDF document).

Today Huie lives in Austin TX with his wife Doris. He accompanies Robert frequently in Buzzin’ Cuzzin, and still has a great love for aerobatic maneuvers!

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In October 2014 Huie returned to Duxford for a very special event.  The American Air Museum, a part of IWM-Duxford that was founded in 1997, has long been missing an actual P51 among its many exhibited aircraft.  On October 30, the AAM and IWM unveiled a newly restored P-51 that will be placed in the museum for exhibit in late 2015.  This P-51 was restored and painted to match Huie’s beloved Etta Jeanne II!

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Additional links

Imperial War Museum / American Air Museum page on Huie Lamb, part of their new interactive archive of images and information

Press coverage of the unveiling of Etta Jeanne II:

CNN article about the rescue of Huie after his North Sea ditching

Book: “Aces of the 78th Fighter Group” by Thomas McKelvey Cleaver

A Swim in the North Sea,” Flight Journal article by Thomas McKelvey Cleaver