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

Lieutenant Robert N. Jensen, centre, a P-38 Lightning pilot of the 55th Fighter Group, dresses in preparation for an operational flight from Nuthampstead air base. Passed for publication 12 November 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'Lt. R.N. Jensen, of Racine, Wisc., dresses in preparation for an operational flight.'



  • 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...


  • Robert Jensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. On 13-Nov-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-66724, 2Lt Jensen was despatched with his FG to provide escort to B-17 bombers attacking Bremen, Germany. On the penetration his aircraft lost an engine and he had to leave 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...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:37 AAM AAM ingest

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