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P-38 Lightning



  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter 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...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 55th Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (466th Bomb Group)


  • Edward Giorchino

    Military | Captain | Assistant Group Operations Officer | 466th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, as observing Co-pilot on B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23682)

  • Donald McAuley

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group


  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Crashed near Hockering, UK 30 June 1944

While on a check flight CPT Edward Giorchino made a normal gear down approach to Runway 27. He came in a little high and added throttle to go around. He continued on a heading of 270 degrees and crashed in a small field 2.5 miles west of the airfield. The aircraft hit two trees. The aircraft was totally destroyed and CPT Giorchino was killed.


Date Contributor Update
18 June 2020 00:30:53 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
466th BG Archives - Report of Aircraft Accident - 30 June 1944