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P-38 Lightning

Originally assigned to 20th FG 55th FS. Flown from April to Aug 44 until sent to 474th FG 428th FS. Last flown on Oct 13th, 1944 by 2nd Lt Charles C Heckel. 474th FG Mission 190. 474thFG, 368th FG and others engaged JG 2, 26, 51 and 77. Heckel and Col Henry Darling had mid-air collision. Both bailed successfully. Disposition Stalag Luft III, XIIID, VIIA, Liberation.




  • Charles Heckel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 1056 Twin Engine Fighter Pilot | 474th Fighter Group
    Col Heckel always knew he was going to fly. After enlisting at age 18, he was sent to 9thAF in France, Sept 1944. Flying P-38's for the 474thFG for about 6 weeks, he had a mid-air collision with another P-38 after downing a BF 109 during a very large...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA 15 December 1943 – 13 October 1944

Lockheed Aircraft Contract # 422-2664

Assigned King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK 1 April 1944

Assigned to 8th AF, 20thFG, 55th FS

Assigned 1 September 1944

Assigned to 9th AF, 474th FG, 428th FS


Date Contributor Update
08 February 2018 17:12:20 Kornerstone Changes to events

20th FG and 474th FG Records

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2018 16:50:45 Kornerstone Changes to production block number and markings

Lockheed Aircraft Production Number records

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2018 00:05:40 Kornerstone Changes to description

I've got original mission reports and documentation if you will provide a way to email to you. Thanks, Phil Johnson, grandson of Charles C. Heckel

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

MACR 9541 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database