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P-38 Lightning

Piloted by 2nd Lt Flamm Dee Harper on the fighter-bomber mission of 15 July 1944. Damaged by exploding ammunition dump debris while strafing at very low altitude; right motor on fire; cockpit damaged; left motor vibrating; very little power. Lt Harper crash-landed his plane in a field. Evaded capture with help from French citizens and members of the Maquis. Flown back to England in an RAF Hudson and landed at Tempsford on 7 July 1944. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6780.

Service

Units

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 434th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Flamm Harper

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Downed twice, evaded twice. Force-landed in France on 15 July 1944, he managed to evade with the help of the French Résistance and was back in England 3 weeks later. Shot down over North Korea on 28 June 1953, he again evaded capture and was rescued by...

Missions

  • 474

    15 July 1944

Places

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2018 06:50:47 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 6780
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 881

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 6780 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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