A P-38H Lightning aircraft serial number 42-67020, with "flying wolf" nose art. This particular design was adopted as a personal insignia by Major Milton Joel, Commanding Officer of the 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group. Wearing the CG code of the 38th, the individual aircraft letter is as yet unknown. Handwritten on slide:"N3 1-26"
The noseart was painted on by Sergeant Robert Sand, the same man who took the photograph. On 29th November 1943, eleven days after this photo was taken, the Major was shot down and the plane lost.
P-38H-5-LO 42-67020 was assigned to the 55FG/38FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 29-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by MAJ Milton Joel (Commanding Officer of 38FS), was despatched with other P-38s of 55FG to provide escort for bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters near Oldenburg, Germany as MAJ Joel attempted to return to England. The aircraft and pilot were lost in the sea off the coast of Holland. 1KIA MACR 1429
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 | Major | Commanding Officer 55FG/38FS Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
Killed in Action (KIA) on 29-Nov-43 in P-38H 42-67020 while on a mission to escort bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. His aircraft was attacked near Oldenburg, Germany by German fighters. He was able to elude the attackers but his aircraft was...
29 November 1943
This mission is composed of two fighter elements despatached to escort B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. The first element is a force of 38 P-38s (includes some from 20FG/77FS) from 55FG. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 5KIA 2POW. The...
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)
||29 November 1943
Attacked by fighter near Oldenburg, Germany, attempted return to base and went down in the North Sea off the Dutch coast.