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P-38 Lightning

Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 428FS, 474FG, 9AF USAAF. Destroyed in fatal crash 3 miles NE Charleroi pilot Lt Cleo O Beaty Killed in Action (KIA) 6-Feb-45.

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  • 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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 474th Fighter Group
  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 338th Fighter Squadron
  • 428th Fighter Squadron


  • William Burns

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 94 x missions. Credited with 1 x probable and 1 x shared destroyed. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). ...


  • Warmwell

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Woodsford, the station opened as a grass airfield Armament Practice Camp in 1937. Subject to a change of name in 1938, to avoid confusion with the Avro factory airfield of Woodford, RAF Warmwell was used as a training, fighter and ASR...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA 1944

Built at Lockheed.

Delivered Beale AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Wormingford, UK 1944

Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned 1945

Transferred to 428FS, 474FG, 9AF USAAF.

Manufactured Charleroi, Belgium 6 February 1945

Fatal Crash 3 miles NE Charleroi Cat 4 Lt Cleo O Beaty, 6-Feb-45.

P-38J 42-68146 - 428FS 474FG 9AF