P-38H-5-LO 42-67049 was assigned to the 55FG/338FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Charles E. Beall, was despatched with oterh P-38s from 55 FG to escort bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The aircaraft was attacked by German fighters near Furstenau, Grmany and shot down. 1LT Beall was Killed in Action. 1KIA MACR 1268.
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 | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 55th Fighter Group
Killed in Action (KIA) on 13-Nov-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-67049, 55FG/336FS when his aircraft was shot down by German fighters while on a mission to escort B-17 bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. He and the aircraft crashed near Frustenau, Germany.
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)
||13 November 1943
Shot down by enemy fighters on a mission to escort B-17 bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. Aircraft crashed at Furstenau, Germany