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P-38 Lightning

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.



  • 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...

  • 338th Fighter Squadron


  • Charles Beall

    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. ...


  • 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)...


  • 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) Fürstenau, Germany 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


Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 22:33:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 14-Jul-2015. Made connections to PLace and Mission within existing websited data; Adde FTR note per MACR 1268; 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 1268 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database