42-67097

P-38H-5-LO 42-67097 was assigned to the 55FG/343FS aat Nuthampstead. On 29-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT James W. Gilbride, was despatched along with other P-38s from 55FG to provide escort to bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The flight was attacked by German fighters near Mepple, Holland. The aircraft recevied battle damage in the fighter attack and was abandoned by 2LT Gilbride. Apparently, his parachute failed and he was killed. His body was founf about two miles north of where the aircraft crashed at Koekange, Holland. 1KIA MACR 1272.

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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 55th Fighter Group 343rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-740168
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

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Failed to Return (FTR)

7958 Koekange, Netherlands 1943-11-29 Shot down by enemy aircraft at Koekange, Holland while providing escort to bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany.

Revisions

Date18 Jul 2015 20:21:06
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 18-Jul-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission within esixting webs site data; Added FTR event per MACR 1272; Added Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:59
ContributorAAM
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MACR 1272 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database