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42-104086

P-38 Lightning

Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Rufus C Franklin. Re-assigned to Lt Arthur W Heiden when 'R C' was moved to HQ. Transferred to 402FS, 370FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recce to Malmedy, hit by flak whilst strafing enemy column crashed Schwarzenbach, Belgium 26-Dec-44 pilot Capt Robert F McMahon Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11470.

Service

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 370th Fighter Group
  • 402nd Fighter Squadron
  • 79th Fighter Squadron

People

  • R Franklin

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 3 kills, one third shared 1 x Me110, 1 x Me109, 1 x He111, 1/3 x He177, Squadron CO 79FS. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). ...

  • Arthur Heiden

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 20th Fighter Group
    Flight Leader 79th FS 20th FG 1/2 kill air and 1/2 kill ground Crew chief TSgt Max Pyles

  • Emery Ryan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Marcelcave in P-38 #42104308 on 17 Jun 1944.

Places

  • Andover

    Military site : airfield
    Andover was built in the First World War and used by the Royal Flying Corps, then the RAF. Home to the 370th Fighter Group in 1944, it was then handed back to the RAF. The airfield closed in 1976, and the site has since been used by the British Army.

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA 1944

Built at Lockheed.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK 1944

Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Manston, Ramsgate CT12, UK 23 June 1944

Forced landing RAF Manston 23-Jun-44. Lt Arthur Heiden.

Transferred Andover, UK July 1944

Transferred to 402FS, 370FG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Ford, UK 4 July 1944

Forced landing RAF Ford 4-Jul-44. Lt Arthur Heiden.

Crashed Schwarzenbach, 4760 Büllingen, Belgium 26 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) armed recce to Malmedy, hit by flak whilst strafing enemy column crashed Schwarzenbach, Belgium 26-Dec-44 pilot Capt Robert F McMahon Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11470.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2016 11:00:22 Al_Skiff Changes to markings, events and person associations
Sources

Correction via Peter Randall www.littlefriends.co.uk

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2016 17:58:53 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-104086&Submit=...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=104086
https://www.fold3.com/image/46701239

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11470 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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