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French countryside, photographed through the nose of a P-38 Lightning of the 367th Fighter Group on landing. Image stamped on reverse: 'Not to be published 30 Aug 1944.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 31 May 1945.' [stamp] and '354528 .' [censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'P-38s over the Seine. No.1 of a series of pix taken through the nose of the P-38 as it comes in to land. Scherschel LIFE.'

The view of the bombardier through the plexiglass nose of a Droop Snoot P-38 coming in to land. Note the bombardiers feet at bottom of frame.

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

French countryside, photographed through the nose of a P-38 Lightning of the 367th Fighter Group on landing. Image stamped on reverse: 'Not to be published 30 Aug 1944.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 31 May 1945.' [stamp] and '354528 .' [censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'P-38s over the Seine. No.1 of a series of pix taken through the nose of the P-38 as it comes in to land. Scherschel LIFE.'

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Aircraft

  • 44-23162

    P-38 Lightning
    Point of departure was A-11 airfield, Saint-Lambert, for recon of Mortain area, due to overcast reduced altitude and was hit by flak in starboard engine, pilot lost control and both occupants baled out, one parachute snagged tailplane and went down...

  • 42-68184

    P-38 Lightning
    Built as a P-38J by Lockheed, field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration as the first full prototype of type. Trials A/C, later used operationaly as well. Led formations of 20th and 44th FG P-38's on bombing raid 10-4-44. ...

  • 43-28490 'Jeanne'

    P-38 Lightning
    Lt Col Roy W Forrest [Commanding Officer 388th BG] monitored Batty** project glide bomb mission from this A/C. Target Le Havre submarine pens. 13-8-44. ...

  • 42-104075 'Droop Snoot'

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38J Lightning field modified to 'Droop Snoot' * configuration and retained by Operational Engineering. ...

  • 42-67450 'Eze Does It'

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38J field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. Assigned to the 20th Fighter Group. The groups other P-38's would fly in close formation with the 'droop snoot*' and all drop their bombs when the lead aircraft released its. Several missions were...

  • 42-67704 'F.U.B.A.R.'

    P-38 Lightning
    Built by Lockheed as a P-38J, field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. Assigned to 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. Transferred to 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. Transferred to 9th Air Force. ...

  • 44-23151 'Colorado Belle'

    P-38 Lightning
    Crashed in mountainous terrain in bad weather. Converted from standard P-38J to "Droop Snoot*" 2-seater; sometimes unofficially referred to as a PB-38J. Pilot Fred W. Evans Jr and passenger killed. 14-8-45. ...

  • 43-28483 'Droop Snoots'

    P-38 Lightning
    Built by Lockheed as a P-38J, field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. Assigned to 435th Fighter Squadron, 479th Fighter Group, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • 43-28352 'Lady Lou'

    P-38 Lightning
    Built by Lockheed as a P-38J, field modified at Langford Lodge into a 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. Assigned to 82nd Fighter Group, 12th AF, either to 95th, 96th or 97th Fighter Squadron. ...

  • 44-23517

    P-38 Lightning
    RAF Air Commodore Alfred C H Sharp, a former Deputy Chief of Staff HQ 8th AF, was gifted this P-38 Lightning as his personal aircraft when he left to take up a new posting as 54 base commander. Initialy flown soley by Sharp. A 'Droop Snoot*' was lent...

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Locations

  • Langford Lodge

    Military site : airfield
    Planned to be a Satellite Landing Ground for No. 23 Maintenance Unit at RAF Aldergrove, Langford Lodge was selected in October 1941 to be developed as an air deport for the maintenance and repair of USAAF aircraft. A scheme was devised whereby the...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2016 17:49:35 Al_Skiff Changes to caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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