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P-38 Lightning

P-38H-5-LO 42-66727 was assigned to the 55FG/338FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT William W. Shank, was despatched along with other of the 55Fg to provide escort to B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. His flight encountered German fighters and a dog fight ensued. He was killed and his aircraft crashed at Osteressen, Germany three miles north of Quackenbruck, Germany. 1KIA MACR 1267.



  • 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


  • William Shank

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    05 JULY2018 ...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-180 BOMBER ESCORT

    13 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element is a force of 45 P-38s from 55FG despatched to escort the B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 4KIA 3POW. 2 are Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR)...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Osteressen, 49632 Essen (Oldenburg), Germany 13 November 1943

Shot down by enemy fighters and crashed at Osteressen, Germany.


Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 21:59:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 13-Jul-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data. Added FTR event per MACR 1267; Added Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:59 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 1267 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database