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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Part of a door cover from P-38 Lightning named "Vivacious Vera" (CY-L, serial number 42-67053), flown by pilots of the 55th Fighter Group. Text has been added beside 'Vera'. It reads: 'This part of door cover retrieved from wreckage of P-38H5LO 42-67053 with the squadron letters CY-L. Flown first at Lockheed Liverpool Air Depot by C.H. Wilson, Chief Test Pilot, Lockheed;-9-15-43 1st ship to arrive at this field, 9-21-43 1st person to fly plane on this field; Col. Frank B. James, 9-22-43. Originally assigned to Lt. Gilbride 10-10-43, who was missing in action 11-29-43. Ship was named after his wife. Reassigned to Lt. Goudelock 12-12-43. "Lucky Ship" Lt. Hiner returned safely from Zuyder Zee on single engine, distance 250 miles 11-26-43. Lt. Stanton returned safely from Ruhr valley on single engine, distance 250 miles 11-30-43. Lt. Goudelock returned from Kiel on single engine, distance 375 miles 12-13-43 and crashed in village of Ludham, due to lack of gas. He was not seriously injured. Ship completed 18 combat missions inclusive.



  • 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...


  • Liverpool

    Military site : non-airfield
    A depot for materiel shipped from the United States - known as an 'Intransit Depot'. Exact location unknown.

  • Ludham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1940-42, Ludham was allocated to the Eighth Air Force 1942 but not used. It remained an RAF and Fleet Air Arm Station from 1942-1945.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:35 AAM AAM ingest

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