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8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

21 January 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

6 F-5s from 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group are despatched on photo resse sorties over France, Belgium and Holland. 1 aircraft sustained a runaway prop shortly after take-off. Pilot attempted to return to base but runway was obscured by haze. He then attempted a landing at RAF Bradwell Bay, but landing gear failed to deploy and he made a wheels up landing. Aircraft was Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) and was salvaged. Pilot RTD.

Mission details

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Description

PHOTOGRAPHIC RECONNAISSANCE MISSION

Aircraft type

F-5 Lightning

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 6
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 1

Service

People

  • Clark Hawes

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    On 21 Jan 1944, F-5B (P-38) 42-67362 lost an engine and made a wheels up landing at RAF Bradwell Bay on return from photo recon mission over enemy territory. RTD.

Aircraft

  • 42-67362

    F-5 Lightning
    F-5B-1-LO 42-67362 was assigned to the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, 13th PR Squadron at Mount Farm, UK. The aircraft, piloted by 1LI Clark C. Hawes, was despatched on a photo recce sortie to France. The aircraft sustained a runaway prop...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2016 21:47:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Jan-2016. Corrected title and added Mission Narrative based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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