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42-67669

P-38 Lightning

Aircraft was originally assigned to the 79th FS/20th FG and coded MC-K. Transferred to the 428th FS/474th FG and coded F5-P. Regular 428th FS pilot was Lt. Leland Smith (KIA 25 Dec 44). Lt. Don Koch (428th FS) was shot down in this ship on 25 Aug 44 after dog-fighting with Bf109Gs of III./JG76. Lt. Koch was captured, taken POW, and sent to Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany.

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  • Markrel Byrd

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort Nancy, France in P-38J 42-67854 hit by flak in starboard engine baled at as A/C on fire Evreux Prisoner of War (POW). 6-Feb-44. MACR 2145. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Koch

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | P-38 Fighter Pilot | 474th Fighter Group
    Lt. Don Koch (428th FS) was shot down flying P-38 42-67669 on 25 Aug 44 after dog-fighting with Bf109Gs of III./JG76. Lt. Koch was captured, taken POW, and sent to Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany.

Events

Event Location Date
Shot down 60250 Bury, France 25 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2018 00:04:27 eagle0025 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Gary Koch 474th FG Historian, Sgt. Sheldon Crawford (crew chief assigned to 42-67669)

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2018 00:02:58 eagle0025 Changes to description and events
Sources

Gary Koch 474th FG Historian, Sgt. Sheldon Crawford (crew chief on 42-67669)

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2018 23:48:17 eagle0025 Changes to markings
Sources

Gary Koch 474th FG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 8031 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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