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Hugh E Gillette

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) on 18-Oct-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-66719 while on an operation to escort bombers headed for Duren, Germany. Weather prevented rendeavous of fighters with the bomber formations and both the fighter and the bombers were recalled. He radioed his Flight Leader that he was turning back. It is believed that the aircraft sustained some sort of mecahnical failure and he reported that he was abandoning it over the sea 50 miles east of Clacton, UK. Air-Sea-Rescue airrived at the location wihtin eight miunutes but neither he nor the aircraft were ever found.

Service

Units served with

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-66719

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38H-1-LO 42-66719 was assigned to the 55FG/38FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 18-Oct-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Hugh E. Gillette, was deaptched with 32 others on a mission to escort bombers headed for Duren, Germany. Weather conditions made it...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-162 BOMBER ESCORT

    18 October 1943
    This mission was composed of two fighter elements. The first element was a force of 33 P-38s from 55FG despatched to accompany bomber formations headed for Duren, Germany. Weather conditions prevented rendevous with the bomber stream and both 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 18 October 1943

Killed when he baled out of his aircraft over the sea.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge AMerican Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2019 11:28:05 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2015 19:05:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Jul-2015. Correcting typo in biography.

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2015 19:03:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Jul-2015. Added Decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Added note to FTR event per MACR 1040; Added Summary Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan BIshop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1040 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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