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P-38 Lightning

Failed to return when all missions were recalled due to bad weather. Aircraft and pilot reported as missing in action.



  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 82nd Fighter Group

    82nd Fighter Group

    The 82nd Fighter Group flew training missions from bases in Northern Ireland between October and December 1942. They then joined the Twelfth Air Force in North Africa, supporting the ground invasion of Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. Between October 1943...

  • 95th Fighter Squadron

    95th Fighter Squadron

    The squadron was activated in early 1942 at Harding Field, Louisiana as the 95th Pursuit Squadron,[3] one of the original three squadrons of the 82d Pursuit Group.[5] It soon moved to California where it equipped with Lockheed P-38 Lightnings and began...


  • William Ackalusky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 82nd Fighter Group
    William Ackalusky's P-38F Lightning failed to return to base after all 15th Air Force missions from Italy were recalled due to bad weather. Ackalusky was believed to be on route from Lecce to Athens!


  • Lecce

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Missing Italy 19 November 1943

All 15th Air Force missions recalled due to bad weather.
Failed to return!


Date Contributor Update
16 June 2020 14:25:38 Andycole0 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations

Aircraft serial numbers database 41-7643
Fold3 missing aircrew report 42-13210 Pg2.