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42-67059

P-38 Lightning

P-38H-5-LO 42-67059 was assigned to the 55FG/338FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT John A. Stacker, was despatched with others from the 55FG to provide escort to bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The filight encountered German fighters near Furstenau, Germany that were intent on attacking the bombers. There was an engagement and 2LT Stacked was shot down in his aircraft and Killed in Action. The aircraft crashed at Klein-Mimmelage, Germany 1 KIA MACR 1438.

Service

Units

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    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

People

  • John Stacker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 55th Fighter Group
    Wingman 38th FS 55th FG. KIA on 4th mission Nov. 14, 1943 near Klein-Minnelag, Germany. P-38H s/n42-67059 MACR #1438 Best friend of Col Bud Anderson 357th FG ace........

Missions

  • 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)...

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Klein Mimmelage, 49637 Menslage, Germany 13 November 1943

Shot down by enemy fighters near Klein-Mimmelage, Germany while on a mission to escort B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 22:41:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Jul-2015. Made connections to PLace and Mission within existing websited data; Adde FTR note per MACR 1438; 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
Sources

MACR 1438 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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