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42-67490

P-38 Lightning

Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred War Weary to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Goxhill had been a fighter training base since 1942 but it was only in December 1943 that a Fighter Training Group was established there. Pilots who had received the basic training in the USA would practise ETO operational procedures and gunnery before...

  • 552nd Fighter Squadron
  • 554th Fighter Training Squadron
  • 79th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Luther Abel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG 8AF USAAF as instructor. P-47C 41-6234 lost engine on local training flight on 9 Jan 1944. A/C broke out of undercast too low and crashed into a plowed field near Loughborough,...

  • John Armstrong

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x Fw190 destroyed. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Bad Kreuznach, left formation in P-51D 'Guardian Angel' 44-13791 trailing white smoke and baled out. 28-Aug-44. Pilot 1st Lt John L Armstrong...

  • Mack Fall

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Crashed near Hengelo after combat with 4 ME109s in P-38J #42-67646 on 30 Jan 1944 on a bomber escort mission. Prisoner of War (POW). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, PH 1/2 Do217

  • Mack Fall

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Brunswick. Shot down Deventer, Holland in P-38J 42-67646 Lt Fall baled out POW. 30-Jan-44. MACR 2102.

Places

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA September 1943

Built at Lockheed Corp.

Delivered California, USA October 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned King's Cliffe, Peterborough, Northamptonshire PE8, UK 1944

Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK March 1944

Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed North Killingholme, Immingham, North Lincolnshire DN40, UK 13 March 1944

Crashed Belly Landing out of fuel North Willingholme Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt John L Armstrong, 13-Mar-44.

554FTS 496FTG 8AF.

Transferred Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK August 1944

Transferred War Weary to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Wroxeter, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY5, UK 18 August 1944

Crashed Belly Landing due to Engine Failure Wroxeter Cat 5 damage, pilot 1st Lt Luther J Abel, 18-Aug-44.

552FTS 495FTG 8AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2016 19:28:20 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
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http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-67490

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