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42-66732

P-38 Lightning

P-38H-5-LO 42-66732 was assigned to the 55FG/338FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-No-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT William C. Florentine, Jr. was despatched along with other P-38s from the 55FG to escort B-17 bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters over Holland and 2LT Florentine was forced to bale out and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW). The aircraft crashed at Schoonebeek, Holland. 1POW MACR 1270.

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

  • William Florentine

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    On 13-Nov-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-66732, 55FG/338FS he was despatched to provide escort to B-17 bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. His flight encountered German fighters attempting to attack the bombers over Holland and there was an engagement. His...

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) 7761 Schoonebeek, Netherlands 13 November 1943

Shot down by enemy fighters on escort of bombers to Bremen. Pilot baled out - POW. Aircraft crashed at Schoonebeek. Holland

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 22:27:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Jul-2015. Made connections to PLace and Mission within existing websited data; Adde FTR note per MACR 1270; Added Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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

MACR 1270 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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