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44-23162

P-38 Lightning

Recon of Mortain area, due to overcast reduced altitude and was hit by flak in starboard engine, pilot lost control and both occupants baled out, one parachute snagged tailplane and went down with A/C. 1st Lt Dean R Burns [Pilot] Major William K Collonan [Obs]2 x MIA/FOD. MACR 7862.

* The 'Droop Snoot' field conversion entailed the removal of the nose armament and associated equipment to make room for a prone bombardiers/observers position with the installation of a plexiglass nose, a Norden bombsight, side windows and an emergency hatch. The theory was for a formation of P-38's to drop their bombs on the formation lead 'Droop snoots' signal with the precision of the Norden bombsight ensuring the accuracy of the formations bombing. An idea championed by Lt Col Cass Hough and Lt Col Dan Ostrander.

Service

People

  • Dean Burns

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 370th Fighter Group
    Pilot P-38 'Droop Snoot' 44-23162, flew recon of Mortain area, due to overcast reduced altitude and A/C was hit by flak in starboard engine, lost control and baled out along with Observer Major William K Collonan 2 x MIA/FOD. MACR 7862.

  • William Collonan

    Military | Major | Observer / Navigator
    Observor P-38 'Droop Snoot' 44-23162, flew recon of Mortain area, due to overcast reduced altitude and A/C was hit by flak in starboard engine, pilot 1st Lt Dean R Burns lost control and both baled out. 2 x MIA/FOD. MACR 7862.

Places

  • Andover

    Military site : airfield
    Andover was built in the First World War and used by the Royal Flying Corps, then the RAF. Home to the 370th Fighter Group in 1944, it was then handed back to the RAF. The airfield closed in 1976, and the site has since been used by the British Army.

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA August 1943

Built at Lockheed Aviation.

Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA September 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Field modified Langford Lodge, Ireland April 1944 – May 1944

Field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration.

Crashed 50140 Mortain, France 9 August 1944 – 9 August 1944

Recon of Mortain, due to overcast reduced altitude and was hit by flak in starboard engine, pilot lost control and both occupants baled out, one parachute snagged tailplane and went down with A/C. 2 x MIA/FOD. MACR 7862.

Assigned Andover, Andover, Hampshire, UK December 1944

Assigned to 402nd Fighter Squadron, 370th Fighter Group, 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2016 10:19:00 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=7862&Submit=Go
MACR 7862

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7862 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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