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P-38 Lightning

P-38H-5-LO 42-67039 was assigned to 20FG/79FS at Kings Cliffe, UK. On 7-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by CPT Herbert W. Cumming, was flown to Nuthampstead to join with other P-38s from 55FG on a mission to escort B-26 bombers of 9th Air Force in an attack at Montdidier, France. He was joined by 7 others from the 20FG and these took off from Nuthampstead on the mission. The filght was attacked by German fighters over th English Channel and CPT Cumming and the aircraft crashed into the English Channel. 1KIA MACR 1265.



  • 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...

  • 79th Fighter Squadron


  • Herbert Cumming

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 7-Nov-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-67039, 20FG/79FS when the aircraft was attacked by FW190s and crashed into the English Channel while on a mission to escort B-26 bombers of 9th Air Force on a mission to attack Montdidier, France.


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-173 BOMBER ESCORT

    7 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element if a force of 54 P-38s from 55FG despatched to provide escort for B-26 bombers from 9th Air Force attacking German airfields at Montdidier and Meulan, France. The force included 8 P...


  • 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...

  • 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) Over Water (OW) English Channel 7 November 1943

Attacked by German fighters while on a mission to escort B-26 bombers of 9th Air Force.


Date Contributor Update
09 July 2015 20:18:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 9-Jul-2015. Added connections to Places and Mission within existing website data; Added FTR event per MACR 1265; 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 1265 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database