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42-66724

P-38 Lightning

P-38H-1-LO 42-66724 was assigned to 55FG/338 FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-Nov-43 the airfcraft, piloted by 2LT Robert N. Jensen, was despatched with others of the 55FG to provide escort to B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany. On the penetration his aircraft lost an engine and was forced to leave formation. He was then attacked by fighters. He managed to bale out of the stricken aircraft with severe burns to his face and neck and shrapnel wounds to his arms an legs. He was captured as a Prioner of War (POW). Aircraft crashed at Hahlemeer Moor, near Quackenbruck, Germany. 1POW MACR 1269

Service

Units

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    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

People

  • Millard Easton

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Ground Crew Chief | 55th Fighter Group

  • Wayne Hunter

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ground Crew Aircraft Mechanic | 55th Fighter Group

  • Robert Jensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    On 13-Nov-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-66724, 55FG/338FS 2LT Jensen was despached with his FG to provide escort to B-17 bombers attacking Bremen, Germany. On the penetration his aircraft lost an engine and he had to leave the formation. ...

  • Reuben Robinson

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ground Crew Aircraft Mechanic | 55th Fighter Group

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-180 BOMBER ESCORT

    13 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element is a force of 45 P-38s from 55FG despatched to escort the B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 4KIA 3POW. 2 are Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR)...

Places

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Quakenbrück, Germany 13 November 1943

Shot down by enemy aircraft near Quackenbruck, Germany while escorting B-17s atacking at Bremen, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 21:40:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jul-2105 Added nickname per littlefriends.co.uk website, Peter Randall historian

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 21:33:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jul-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added FTR even per MACR 1279; Added Descritpion based on "Losses of the 8ht & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 1269 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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