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Mark K Shipman

Military

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.

Service

Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 14th Fighter Group

    14th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 14th Fighter Group (USAAF) was a P-38 Lightning Group that fought in Tunisia and the Italian campaign, as well as providing bomber escorts for attacks across southern Europe. ...

  • 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...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (55th Fighter Group)
  • 12th Replacement Control Depot

Aircraft

  • 42-67080 'Skylark IV'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to to 27FS, 1FG, 15AF USAAF.

  • 42-67805 'Skylark V'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Fresno County, CA, USA 1920

Son of Waldo and Sarah M Shipman.

Enlisted 3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA 29 April 1941

Fort MacArthur
San Pedro, CA

Based Wormingford April 1943 – February 1944

Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed [1.5] 26556 Westerholt, Germany 5 November 1943

1 1/2 Me-109 destroyed (air).

E/A Probable [.5] Winterswijk, Netherlands 5 November 1943

1/2 Me-109 probable (air)

E/A Damaged 25704 Meldorf, Germany 5 January 1944

Me-109 damaged (air).

E/A Probable Venlo, Netherlands 31 January 1944

Me-109 probable (air).

Based Wormingford February 1944 – April 1944

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Damaged Augsburg, Germany 25 February 1944

Me-410 damaged (air).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2019 14:32:39 general ira snapsorter Changes to media associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2018 19:04:33 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.station131.co.uk/55th/Pilots/Shipman%20Mark%20K%20LtCol.htm
https://www.fold3.com/image/28718269
https://www.fold3.com/record/84955345-mark-k-shipman
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / WWW.55th.org roster

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