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P-38 Lightning

Crashed in mountainous terrain in bad weather. Converted from standard P-38J to "Droop Snoot*" 2-seater; sometimes unofficially referred to as a PB-38J. Pilot Fred W. Evans Jr and passenger killed. 14-8-45.

* 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.

Service

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.

  • 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.

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.

Assigned Andover, Andover, Hampshire, UK December 1944

Assigned to 401st Fighter Squadron, 370th Fighter Group, 9AF.

Crashed Todtmoos, Germany 14 August 1945

Crashed in mountainous terrain in bad weather.
Converted from standard P-38J to "droop snoot*" 2-seater; sometimes unofficially referred to as a PB-38J. Pilot Fred W. Evans Jr and passenger killed.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2016 13:10:22 Al_Skiff Changes to place associations
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Date Contributor Update
31 December 2015 20:27:07 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
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