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P-38 Lightning

Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Jerry H Ayers. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Written Off Cat 5 damage, Landing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Pilot Lt Alexander F Cilli 554FTS, 496FTG, 5-Aug-44.



  • 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. ...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 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
  • 554th Fighter Training Squadron


  • Jerry Ayers

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD).


  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • 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.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK 1944

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

Transferred Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK July 1944

Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 5 August 1944

Landing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 5 damage Lt Alexander F Cilli, 5-Aug-44.

P-38J 42-67277 - 554FTS 496FTG 8AF.