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Pilot and ground crew of P-38J Lightning (serial number 42-68176), named by the crew "Sky Cowboy". Pilot of the aircraft was First Lieutenant Walker L. Whiteside, Crew Chief was Staff Sergeant Harry G. Keife and Armorer was Corporal James J. Wentworth. They were all part of the 77th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, based at Kings Cliffe air base.



  • 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...

  • 77th Fighter Squadron


  • Harry Keife

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • James Wentworth

    Military | Corporal | Armament

  • Walker Whiteside

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Hennickendorf in P-51 #44-13792 on 6 Aug 1944. AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster 1 Me109, 1/2 Me210, 4 unidentified



  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:21:51 AAM AAM ingest

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