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Maj. Rufus C 'R C' Franklin. 79th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 42-104086 MC-F "Strictly Stella’s Baby".



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    8th Air Force

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    20th Fighter Group

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  • 79th Fighter Squadron


  • R Franklin

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 3 kills, one third shared 1 x Me110, 1 x Me109, 1 x He111, 1/3 x He177, Squadron CO 79FS. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). ...


  • 42-104086 'Strictly Stella's Baby' ' Lucky Lady'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Rufus C Franklin. Re-assigned to Lt Arthur W Heiden when 'R C' was moved to HQ. Transferred to 402FS, 370FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recce to Malmedy, hit by flak whilst...


Date Contributor Update
25 June 2021 08:17:41 Pyker Changes to caption

Corrected serial number of aircraft. Data panel shows it to be a P-38J-15-LO whereas 42-68037 was a P-38J-10-LO.

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2016 17:09:40 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations