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P-38 Lightning

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



  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter 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...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron


  • Milton Joel

    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...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-192

    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...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) North Sea 29 November 1943

Attacked by fighter near Oldenburg, Germany, attempted return to base and went down in the North Sea off the Dutch coast.


Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 23:21:41 J. Rubin Changes to description

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 23:20:00 J. Rubin Changes to description

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 23:18:53 J. Rubin Changes to description and events
As well as family history (he was my father's first cousin)

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2015 21:47:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 16-Jul-2015 Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; added FTR event per MACR 1429; 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

MACR 1429 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database