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.
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 | 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...
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...
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)
||29 November 1943
Shot down by enemy aircraft at Mepple, Holland while escorting bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany