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P-38 Lightning

Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal A/C of Lt Col George F Ceuleers. Re-assigned to Lt Lee S Ayoub. Transferred to 428FS, 474FG 9AF. Written off 11-May-45 after crash landing Bad Langensalza/R-2, Germany.



  • 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
  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 474th Fighter Group
  • 383rd Fighter Squadron
  • 428th Fighter Squadron


  • Lee Ayoub

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Ceuleers

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 2 x Tours of Duty (ETD 2). Credited 10.5 kills. Awards: DSC, DFC (4OLC), AM, WWII Victory, EAME, American Campaign, National Defense Service, Longevity Service (OLC), UN and Korean medals.


  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA 1944

Built at Lockheed.

Assigned Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31 1QZ, UK 1944

Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Warmwell, Dorchester DT2 8HQ, UK 1945

Assigned to 428FS, 474FG, ?AF USAAF.

Crashed Bad Langensalza, Germany 11 May 1945

Crash landing Bad Langensalza, Germany/R-2, Written Off.


Date Contributor Update
27 January 2018 22:44:39 eagle0025 Changes to nicknames, markings and description

Updated a/c information

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2017 17:35:44 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2017 17:21:03 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and media associations