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43-28490

P-38 Lightning

Lt Col Roy W Forrest [Commanding Officer 388th BG] monitored Batty** project glide bomb mission from this A/C. Target Le Havre submarine pens. 13-8-44.

* The 'Droop Snoot' field conversion entailed the removal of the nose armament and associated equipment to make room for a prone bombardiers 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.

**BATTY was the 8th Air Force code name for testing of the GB-4 glide bomb. The GB-4 was an early "smart bomb," as we call them today, and consisted of an M34 2,000lb GP bomb with wings and tail attached.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-67885

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) droopsnoot mission to Tours, France. Crashed near Valmeray in P-38J 42-67885, brought down by flak on 23-Apr-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4124.

Units

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 55th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force
  • Base Air Depot 3

People

  • Roy Forrest

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer | 388th Bomb Group
    Lt Col Roy W Forrest [Commanding Officer 388th BG] monitored Batty* project glide bomb mission from P-38J 43-28490 'Jeanne'. Target Le Havre submarine pens. 13-8-44. ...

  • Roy Scrutchfield

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot; Squadron Operations Officer | 20th Fighter Group
    Flew 'Droop Snooted' P-38J 43-28490 "Jeanne" KI-R to Le Havre with Lt Col Roy W Forrest [Commanding Officer 388th BG] whilst monitoring Batty* project, glide bomb, mission. Target - submarine pens. 13-8-44. ...

Missions

  • 549

    13 August 1944

Places

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

  • Langford Lodge

    Military site : airfield
    Planned to be a Satellite Landing Ground for No. 23 Maintenance Unit at RAF Aldergrove, Langford Lodge was selected in October 1941 to be developed as an air deport for the maintenance and repair of USAAF aircraft. A scheme was devised whereby the...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA August 1943

Built by Lockheed Aviation.

Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA September 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Field Modified Langford Lodge, Ireland April 1944

Modified to Droop Snoot* configuration with plexiglass nose, Norden bombsight and bomb aimers position in nose.

Batty** project glide bomb mission Le Havre, France 13 August 1944

Lt Col Roy W Forrest monitored Batty** project glide bomb mission from this A/C. Target Le Havre submarine pens.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2015 17:43:55 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

AAM DB Mission 549 Entry.
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-3888.html

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2015 17:42:41 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description and events
Sources

AAM DB Mission 549 Entry.
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-3888.html

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2015 14:54:14 Al_Skiff Changes to description
Sources

AAM DB Mission 549 Entry.
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-3888.html

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2015 14:26:21 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Mission 549 Entry.
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-3888.html

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