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41-7576

P-38 Lightning

P-38F 41-7566 78FG/83FS was being transferred to Tafaroui, Algeria from Portreath, UK on 26-Jan-43 by 2Lt Donald S. Beals. He was flying with a flight of 8 others. The flight was to make a stop at Gibraltar but only 6 arrived. No traces of Lt. Beals' aircraft or of the other two were ever found. He is listed as a Non-Battle Death (NBD)

Service

Units

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

  • 83rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Donald Beals

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    On 26-Jan-43 in P-38F 41-7566 78FG/83FS 2nd Lt Donald S Beals was being transferred to Tafaroui, Algeria from Portreath, UK. He was flying with a flight of 9 others. The flight was to make a stop at Gibraltar but only 6 arrived. No traces of Lt Beals'...

Places

  • Portreath

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1940-41 as an RAF fighter station, Portreath was unusual in having straightaway four tarmac-surface hard runways, with double blast pens dispersed around the perimeter track. After wartime development, it eventually had four T2 and four...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) Mediterranean Sea 26 January 1943

Aircraft was on a ferry to North Africa with 8 others.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2015 19:05:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-Feb-2105. All changes per MACR 3210

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 3210 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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