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42-67069

P-38 Lightning

P-38H-5-LO 42-67069 was assigned to the 55FG/338FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 29-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Fleming W. Suiter, was despatched with other P-38s from 55FG to provide escort to bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. When the flight was near Emmen, Holland they were attacked by about 30 German fighters. 2LT Suiter attempted to esacpe from the attack by entering a could bank but his aircraft was shot down. He managed to bale out of the stricken aircraft and was captured as a Prioner of War. The aircraft crashed at Mepple, Holland. 1POW MACR 1273.

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...

  • 338th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Fleming Suiter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    On 29-Nov-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-67069, 55FG/338FS 2LT Fleming W. Suiter was despatched along with other P-38s of the 55FG to provide escort for bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The aircraft sustained battle damage when attacked by German...

Missions

  • 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...

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) Meppel, Netherlands 29 November 1943

Shot down by enemy aircraft at Mepple, Holland while escorting bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 July 2015 19:55:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Jul-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added note and map location to FTR event per MACR 1273; 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 1273 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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