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P-38 Lightning

Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep Melun - Dijon 10-Aug-44 Crashed into Epernay Forest Lt James E Fleming Jr KIA MACR 7622



  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 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
  • 434th Fighter Squadron


  • James Fleming

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Willard Kreft

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Landers

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer | 357th Fighter Group
    Cmdr Officer of 78th FG, flew 90 missions in the Pacific Theater; served also with the 55th FG and 357th FG/ Had over 1039 hrs in flying time and 174 total missions. ...

  • Robin Olds

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    His father was a WWI fighter pilot and a key planner of early bombing tactics. He graduated in 1943 from West Point and immediately became a fighter pilot in WWII. He flew P-38 Lightnings and also P-51 Mustangs. He was a commander of the 8th Tactical...


  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA 1944

Built at Lockheed.

Assigned Wormingford, Colchester CO6 3SD, UK 1944

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

Assigned Wattisham, Ipswich IP7 7JY, UK 1944

Transferred to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Forest de Epernay, France 10 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) 10-Aug-44 Lt James E Fleming Jr KIA MACR 7622


Date Contributor Update
09 August 2018 20:17:51 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:20 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 7622 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database