Captain Walker Gabbert collects valuables from three pilots of the 55th Fighter Group at Nuthampstead prior to an operational flight. The pilots, standing, from left to right, are: Lieutenant Harry E. Larsen, of 718 E. 15th St. Anaconda, Montana; Lieutenant Karl H. Garlock, of South Nansit Road, Lockport, New York; and Lieutenant Robert N. Jensen, of Racine, Wisconsin.
Passed for publication 12 November 1943.
Robert Jensen would be shot down on 13 November 1943 and taken as a Prisoner of War. Karl Garlock, too, would become a Prisoner of War the following May. Harry Larsen would be Killed in Action on 11 December 1944.
Printed caption attached to print: 'Left to right: (standing): Lt. H.E. Larsen, of 718 E. 15th St. Anaconda, Montana; Lt. V.K. [K.H.] Garlock, of South Nansit Road, Lockport, N.Y.; and Lt. R.N. Jensen, of Racine, Wisc.; hand their valuables to Capt. W.H. Gabbert, the S.2. before setting out on an operational flight.'
Lieutenant Robert N. Jensen, centre, a P-38 Lightning pilot of the 55th Fighter Group, dresses in preparation for an operational flight from Nuthampstead air base. Passed for publication 12 November 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'Lt. R.N. Jensen, of Racine, Wisc., dresses in preparation for an operational flight.'
P-38H-1-LO #42-66724 "MIss Margaret"
55th FG - 338th FS
Standing Left to Right: CPL John Jones, TSGT Millard Easton, 2LT Robert N. Jensen, SGT Rueben Robinson, SGT Wayne A. Hunter right
On 13-Nov-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-66724, 55FG/338FS 2LT Jensen was despached with his FG to provide escort to B-17 bombers attacking Bremen, Germany. On the penetration his aircraft lost an engine and he had to leave the formation.
Shortly thereafter his aircraft was attacked by German fighters and shot down at Hahlenmeer Moor, Quackenbruck, Germany. He baled out and was in hospital for 2 months for burns to face and neck and shrapnel wounds to leg and arm and then sent to the POW camp at Barth, Germany.
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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...
P-38H-1-LO 42-66724 was assigned to 55FG/338 FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-Nov-43 the airfcraft, piloted by 2LT Robert N. Jensen, was despatched with others of the 55FG to provide escort to B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany. On the penetration his...
13 November 1943
This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element is a force of 45 P-38s from 55FG despatched to escort the B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 4KIA 3POW. 2 are Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR)...
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...
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||13 November 1943 – 31 May 1945
Held at Stalag Luft 1, Barth-Vogelsang, Prussia. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 31-May-45