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  • 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...

  • 338th Fighter Squadron


  • John Odegard

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Loren was my uncle and he and my dad joined up at the same time. Loren introduced my mother to Claire (Loren was married to mom's sister). They both served flying P-38s in 55th FG but in different squadrons. Loren went on to fly P-51's in England and...

  • Claire Porter

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Claire Porter served as a P-38 pilot with the 343rd Fighter Squadron of the 55th Fighter Group. On 16 June 1944, while strafing gun emplacement, his P-38 #43-28713 was hit by flak and crashed near Oisemont. Porter survived and was taken as a Prisoner...


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
16 May 2017 20:13:04 Apilotsproudson Changes to production block number and person associations

Nephew of John Loren Odegard (Craig Porter) Brother in-law of Claire D. Porter

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2017 23:53:51 Apilotsproudson Changes to production block number, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Little fields D Craig porter

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2017 23:50:16 Apilotsproudson Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames and markings

Littlefields Craig Porter