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Armorers of the 20th Fighter Group load up P-38H Lightning serial 42-67016 with ammunition at Kings Cliffe air base, October 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'Lightnings Attack Northern France. Versatile P-38 Lightnings, flashing their power across the English Channel for the first time in a combat role, bring new serial phase into the European Theatre of Operations. Well-trained pilots - some of them already experienced in the other theatres of war - and ground crews swear by their ships. From briefing room to flying line, from runways to skyways and contest with the enemy, each mission represents expert planning by Operations and Intelligence and the brains and sweat of every man who prepares an order or tightens a screw on a prop. Photo shows:- Loading ammunition before a mission. U.S. Pool/SG/H. Keystone 13-46a-49-75-75b-76.'.'

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Armorers of the 20th Fighter Group load up a P-38 Lightning with ammunition at Kings Cliffe air base, October 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'Lightnings Attack Northern France. Versatile P-38 Lightnings, flashing their power across the English Channel for the first time in a combat role, bring new serial phase into the European Theatre of Operations. Well-trained pilots - some of them already experienced in the other theatres of war - and ground crews swear by their ships. From briefing room to flying line, from runways to skyways and contest with the enemy, each mission represents expert planning by Operations and Intelligence and the brains and sweat of every man who prepares an order or tightens a screw on a prop. Photo shows:- Loading ammunition before a mission. U.S. Pool/SG/H. Keystone 13-46a-49-75-75b-76.'.'

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Units

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

Aircraft

  • 42-67016

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 77FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Locations

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 02:37:23 Gerry Asher Changes to caption
Sources

Lockheed construction number on nose translates to AAF serial 42-67016.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:21:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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