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Milton Joel


Killed in Action (KIA) on 29-Nov-43 in P-38H 42-67020 while on a mission to escort bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. His aircraft was attacked near Oldenburg, Germany by German fighters. He was able to elude the attackers but his aircraft was damaged. MAJ Joel attempted to fly the aircraft back to England but he and the aircraft crashed into the North Sea and he was killed. He was the Commanding Officer of the 55FG/38FS at the time.


Units served with

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter 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


  • 42-67020

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38H-5-LO 42-67020 was assigned to the 55FG/38FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 29-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by MAJ Milton Joel (Commanding Officer of 38FS), was despatched with other P-38s of 55FG to provide escort for bombers attacking at Bremen,...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-192

    29 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements despatached to escort B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. The first element is a force of 38 P-38s (includes some from 20FG/77FS) from 55FG. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 5KIA 2POW. The...

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    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...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) Bremen, Germany 29 November 1943

Killed attempting to fly his battle damaged aircraft back to England from a mission escorting bombers attacking Bremen, Germany. Aircraft crashed into the sea off the Dutch coast.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
20 September 2015 16:46:16 Nendie Pinto-Duschinsky Changes to nickname

Milton Joel was my grandmother's best friend growing up in America. He was always called Gummy because he chewed chewing gum all the time. My grandmother passed away over 10 years ago but we recently visited Gummy's listing in the book at St. Paul's. My mother knows more about him.

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 23:15:40 J. Rubin Changes to media associations

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28 July 2015 22:43:21 J. Rubin Changes to media associations

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2015 06:11:24 J. Rubin Changes to biography

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25 July 2015 06:09:50 J. Rubin Changes to role

Plus family history (verbal at this time)

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2015 05:51:44 J. Rubin Changes to surname, firstname and awards

Major Milton Joel was my cousin, on my father's side of the family. Older than my father, he served in the 38th Fighter Squadron of the 55th Fighter Group in Nuthampstead. Major Joel was from Richmond, Virginia. He was the youngest Major in the Us Army Air Force at the time he served. He was shot down over Bremen, while escorting bombers.

More information can be found here:

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2015 23:14:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events

Lee Cunningham 16-Jul-2015 Added Commemorated date and WOH location per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2015 23:12:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to surname, firstname, role, biography, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 16-Jul-2015. Corrected Name to Joel Milton from Milton Joel; MAde connections to Place and Mission wihtin existing website data; Added MIA event per MACR 1429; Added Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:16 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1429 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list