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.
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...
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...
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)...
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...
|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