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343rd Fighter Squadron



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  • 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...

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Based Wormingford



  • Richard Abel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Munich. Last seen whilst strafing enemy aircraft in P-51D 'Jills Jalopy VII' 44-64159 near Zorneding, 20 km ESE of Munich. Pilot 2nd Lt Richard K Abel Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • Archie Adams

    Military | Master Sergeant | 55th Fighter Group

  • Donald Adams

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x missions. Credited with 2 destroyed and 2 damaged (ground). ...

  • Roscoe Agnor

    Military | Corporal | 55th Fighter Group

  • Vincent Aguirre

    Military | First Lieutenant | 55th Fighter Group

  • Charles Aikman

    Military | Private First Class | 55th Fighter Group

  • Manuel Aldecoa

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 25-Nov-43 when his aircraft, P-38H 42-6706 sustained a mid-air collision with a Fw-190 over Cuinchy, France while on a mission to provide top cover for P-47s that were attacking the German...

  • Alex Alexis

    Military | Sergeant | 55th Fighter Group

  • Ethan Allen

    Military | Corporal | 55th Fighter Group

  • Raymond Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME..

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  • 42-103507

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-104250

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67045

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67061

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38H-5-LO 42-67061 was assigned to the 55FS/343FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 25-Nov-43, the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Manuel J. Aldecoa was despatched with other P-38s of the 55FG to provide top cover for the first P-47 fighter/bomber operation of the war...

  • 42-67084

    P-38 Lightning

  • 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...

  • 42-67228

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67479

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67866

    P-38 Lightning
    Hit by Flak while strafing the Coulommiers airfield on 10 April 1944. ...

  • 42-67875

    P-38 Lightning

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Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:14:02 rossingtonj Changes to type

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)