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42-67893

P-38 Lightning

Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Dijon, shot down by Fw190 and crashed near Évreux on 6-Feb-44 in P-38J 42-67893 on return from a bomber support mission to Dijon. Pilot 2nd Lt William Ashton heard to be baling out. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2150.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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...

  • 343rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • William Ashton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Dijon, shot down by Fw190 and crashed near Évreux on 6-Feb-44 in P-38J 42-67893 on return from a bomber support mission to Dijon. Heard to be baling out. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

Places

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA 1943

Built at Lockheed.

Delivered California, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK 1944

Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Évreux, France 6 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Dijon, shot down by Fw190 and crashed near Évreux on 6-Feb-44 in P-38J 42-67893 on return from a bomber support mission to Dijon. Pilot 2nd Lt William Ashton heard to be baling out. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2150.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2016 19:29:33 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Ashton
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Ashton%2C+Will...
https://www.fold3.com/image/28598962

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2150 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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