IWM catalogue record
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Captain Mark K. Shipman of the 55th Fighter Group, sits astride P-38 Lightning named "Texas Ranger" at Nuthampstead air base. Passed for publication 20 October 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'Photo shows: Capt. Mark K. Shipman, of Fresno, Cal.: on his Lightning P-38 at an air station in Britain. Capt. Shipman, who holds the Air Medal with two clusters and the D.F.C. with three clusters, has two enemy aircraft to his credit while serving in North Africa. And. October 1943. PN.'
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...
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot
Flew 53 prior P-38 missions in North Africa with the 14th Fighter Group. Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 46 missions. Transferred to 12th RCD.
Awards: DFC (3OLC), SS, WWI Victory, EAME.
Military site : airfield
Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...