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42-12981

F-5 Lightning

Lockheed F-5 Lightning 42-12981 of the 14th PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF. Departed Mount farm with pilot Capt Robert R Nelson and Capt Cassaday on a photo-recce operation of marshalling yards at Hasselt, Belgium. Nelson was shot down by the Flak placed on the Philipsworks (Buildings of Strijp-S), Eindhoven. They were flying so low that they had to pull up to avoid flying directly into the buildings. At that moment they were hit by the Flak placed on these buildings. A/C crashed 11:14 at Eindhoven-Gestel, Holland. 8 June 1944. Capt Robert R Nelson KIA. MACR 5490.

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  • Robert Nelson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Pilot Lockheed F-5 Lightning 42-12981 of the 14th PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF. Departed Mount farm with Capt Cassaday on a photo-recce operation of marshalling yards at Hasselt, Belgium. Nelson was shot down by the Flak placed on the Philipsworks (Buildings...

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  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Hasselt, Belgium 8 June 1944

Failed to Return from photo recon mission to marshalling yards at Hasselt, Belgium. 8 June 1944. Pilot Robert R Nelson KIA. MACR 5490.

Crashed Gestel, Netherlands 8 June 1944

Crashed 11:14 at Eindhoven-Gestel, Holland.

Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA

Built at Lockheed Vega plant.

Delivered

To USAAF.

Assigned RAF Mount Farm, Dorchester, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7PG, UK

14th PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF, Mount Farm, England.

Shipped Overseas Speke, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

Dismantled and shipped overseas, rebuilt.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2015 12:57:03 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-12981&Submit6=Go MACR bare bones.
http://www.fold3.com/image/28659333/ MACR Details.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5490 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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