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Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 479th Fighter Group on the wing of P-38J-15-LO, s/n 43-28823 coded J2-Z. Aircraft was later transferred to the 428th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group. This ship was lost to flak just south of Manhay, Belgium on 25 December 1944. The pilot, 1Lt. Bobby R. Rankin, was KIA (MACR 11900).

IWM catalogue record

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Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 479th Fighter Group on the wing of a P-38 Lightning.

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Units

People

  • Bobbie Rankin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Pilot P-38. Assigned to 428th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group, 9th AF. On Strafing run at La Roche, Belgium, hit by flak as A/C leveled off, bursting into flames. A/C climbed 2-300ft before diving into ground and exploding on impact. KIA. MACR...

  • Hubert Zemke

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Group Commander; Pilot
    17 air victories with 56th FG flying P-47s, 2 1/2 with 479th FG flying P-51s. Lost 30 October 1944 when P-51 broke up in storm. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft I. Was appointed as head of American Prisoner of War (POW)s while in camp. Retired from...

Aircraft

  • 43-28823

    P-38 Lightning
    On Strafing run at La Roche, Belgium, hit by flak as A/C leveled off, bursting into flames. A/C climbed 2-300ft before diving into ground and exploding on impact. Pilot 1st Lt Bobbie R Rankin KIA. MACR 11900.

Locations

  • Warmwell

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Woodsford, the station opened as a grass airfield Armament Practice Camp in 1937. Subject to a change of name in 1938, to avoid confusion with the Avro factory airfield of Woodford, RAF Warmwell was used as a training, fighter and ASR...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2018 00:21:39 eagle0025 Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

Update a/c and loss information.

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2016 19:35:31 Al_Skiff Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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