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Fire crew attend to the crash site of P-38 Lightning (CG-O, serial number 42-67667) at Duxford air base. The aircraft was being flown by Second Lieutenant Robert N. Gore, formerly of the 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, but reassigned to 310th Ferrying Squadron of the 27th Ferrying Group. The P-38 belonged to the 38th Fighter Squadron of 55th Fighter Group. 10 February 1944. Printed caption on reverse of print: '72322 AC - This Lockheed P-38 piloted by 2nd Lt. Lobert N. Gore, New York City, N.Y. of the 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, crashed after buzzing the field at 8th Air Force Station F-357 in Duxford, England.'

IWM catalogue record

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

Fire crew attend to the fatal crash of P-38 Lightning (CG-O, serial number 42-67667) at Duxford air base. The aircraft was being flown by Second Lieutenant Robert N. Gore, formerly of the 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, but reassigned to the 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group, prior to this crash. 10 February 1944. Printed caption on reverse of print: '72322 AC - This Lockheed P-38 piloted by 2nd Lt. Lobert N. Gore, New York City, N.Y. of the 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, crashed after buzzing the field at 8th Air Force Station F-357 in Duxford, England.'

Connections

Units

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron
  • 84th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

People

Aircraft

  • 42-67667

    P-38 Lightning
    The aircraft crashed at Duxford airfield on 10 February 1944, according to the official sources, as the pilot 2nd Lt Robert N Gore repeatedly 'buzzed' the field. The pilot survived but the aircraft had come down on top of a truck, the driver of which...

Locations

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2014 17:53:43 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

Annotation by Gerry Asher on Fold3: http://www.fold3.com/image/161309550/

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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