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James W Gilbride


Killed in Action (KIA) on 29-Nov-43 as the pilot of P-38H 42-67097 while on a mission to escort bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. His aircraft was battle damaged in an attack by German fighters but he was able to bale out of the stricken aircraft. Unfortunately, his parachute failed to open and he was killed.


Units served with

  • 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...

  • 343rd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-67097

    P-38 Lightning
    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...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-192

    29 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements despatached to escort B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. The first element is a force of 38 P-38s (includes some from 20FG/77FS) from 55FG. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 5KIA 2POW. The...

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) 7958 Koekange, Netherlands 29 November 1943

Killed when his aircraft was battle damaged and he baled out only to his parachute failto open. Near Koekange, Holland

Buried 7958 Koekange, Netherlands 30 November 1943

Buried by the Germans in the cemetery of Koekange, Holland. Exact location in cemetery not determined.


Date Contributor Update
18 July 2015 21:43:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 18-Jul-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added KIA event MACR 1272; Added Burial event and Summary Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:58 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1272 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list