Honor Roll 1st Fighter Group 1941- APR 45

 

Revised 24 Aug 2008

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MACR#

Date Serial# A/C Type Pilot Service # Sqdn Group AF Status Location/ Comments
. 9 Apr 41 31-61 Douglas BT-2B, Trainer version of O-38 Eriksen, John G   27PF 1PF     From Bellevue, WA,  Plane destroyed landing Selfridge Field, MI
. 11 Apr 41 38-115 Curtiss P-36A Porter, James L   94PF 1PF     Cat 3 damage landing.  Selfridge Field, MI
. 10 May 41 38-113 Curtiss P-36A Taylor, James R   94PF 1PF     Forced landing fuel exhausted, Selfridge Field, MI. Cat 3 damage
. 6 Jun 41 39-716 Republic YP-43 Lancer Prann, Bradley F   94PF 1PF     Cat 2 damage landing, Selfridge Field, MI. Plane scrapped Mar 27, 1945
. 16 Jun 41 39-711 Republic YP-43 Lancer Vaughn, Harley C   94PF 1PF     Landing gear would not extend fully, pilot bailed out near Collins Airport, Alpena, MI
. 19 Jun 41 36-420 Seversky P-35 Malmstedt, Ronald M O-416322 27PF 1PF     Hometown: Suffolk County, NY. Forced landing engine failure. Pilot flew a P-38 on Bolero to England later DNB with 345FS, 55FG, 2 Dec 1943
. 23 Jun 41 39-699 Lockheed YP-38 Lightning Putnam, Guy L Jr O-406050 27PF 1PF   DNB Crashed, Atlanta, MI, USA, Hometown: Alameda, CA
. 25 Jun 41 36-416 Seversky P-35 Watson, Eugean M    27PF 1PF     Ground looped Cat 3 damage. Selfridge Field, MI 
. 1 Jul 41 39-714 Lockheed YP-38 Lightning Caldwell, Robert M.   27PF 1PF     Take off accident, engine failure, Selfridge Field, MI, USA
. 14-Jul-41 36-398 Seversky P-35 Costello, John S. O-416274 27PS 1PG     Crashed on take off due to engine fire, 27PS, 1PG, Selfridge Field, MI 
. 21-Jul-41 38-537 Lockheed C-40 USAAF version of Model 12 commercial airliner. Redesignated UC-40 in 1/1943. Hubbell, Robert B   27PS 1PG     Cat 3 damage landing, Selfridge Field, MI 
. 23-Jul-41 39-695 Lockheed YP-38 Lightning Taylor, James R    27PS 1PG   DNB Pilot killed in take off accident, While deployed to Alpina Michigan for a gunnery exercise, 11 May 1941, when the left engine burst into flames, causing the plane to crash into the pine trees. Lt. Taylor died from his injuries  after the accident, Selfridge Field, MI, plane was written off  Jul 23, 1941, Alpena, MI.
. 24-Jul-41 36-416 Seversky P-35 Mandros, William J.   27PS 1PG     Landing accident, Selfridge Field, MI, 
. 03-Aug-41 40-756 Lockheed P-38 Lightning Long, William K. O-416315 27PS 1PG     Landing accident, plane was not a write off, (per History card Rec 7/22/41 Selfridge Fiield, MI. Wrecked, 8/3/41, Cleveland, Oh, failure of main auxiliary & emergency landing gear, repaired (2nd.Lt. Wm. K. Long) , thanks Terry T, ) 27PS, 1PG, Cleveland Airport, OH 
. 11-Aug-41 41-6698 Republic P-43 Lancer Northern, William L Jr 14034066 94PS 1PG     Landing accident resulting in a ground loop, 94th PS, Selfridge Field, MI , eventually plane went to CL-26 at Sheppard Field, TX Sep 20, 1943,  
. 22-Aug-41 41-6718 Republic P-43 Lancer O'Connell, Philip B . . 1PG . . Ground looped taking off Cat 4 damage. Mitchel Field, NY Plane later converted to P-43D. To RAAF as A56-7. Missing 4/30/1943 in flight from Wagga. Aircraft found in Hursville hills 1958.
. 10-Sep-41 41-6705 Republic P-43 Lancer Strozier, Buddy A 0-421347 71PS 1PG     Landing accident causing ground loop, 71PS, 1PG, Esler Field, LA , plane surveyed Dec 17, 1942
. 13-Sep-41 41-6692 Republic P-43 Lancer Newman, William G O-421294 71PS 1PG     Forced landing out of gas, 71Pursuit Squadron, Pursuit Group, near Crockett, TX, plane eventually converted to P-43D. To RAAF as A56-1. Damaged in taxi accident 3/25/1943. Back to 5th AAF 8/27/1943. To CL-26 at Desert Center AAF, CA Apr 13, 1944
. 19-Sep-41 40-767 Lockheed P-38 Lightning Keith, Robert H O-411708 27PS 1PG   DNB Hometown: Dunn County, WI, Pilot killed in mid air collision, 27PS, 1PG, 10 mi NW of Natchitoches, LA 
. 25-Sep-41 41-6707 Republic P-43 Lancer McCluney, John H   71PS 1PG     Landing accident, 71Pursuit Squadron, 1Pursuit Group, Lake Charles AAB, LA , plane was converted to P-43D. To RAAF as A56-2. Back to 5th AF 9/2/1943. Salvaged Mar 4, 1944
. 15-Oct-41 40-781 Lockheed P-38D Lightning c/n 222-2252 Voss, Alfred O-421360 94PS 1PG   DNB Hometown: Kane County, IL, Richmond, MI, killed bailing out before crashing, 
. 16-Oct-41 40-766 Lockheed P-38 Lightning Costello, John S O-416274 27PS 1PG   DBN Hometown: Monroe County, NY, Pilot killed in a Forced Landing out of Gas due to weather, Beaufort, SC 
. 16-Oct-41 40-2902 Republic P-43A Lancer Wittliff, William W O-421370 94PS 1PG     Landing accident causing ground loop, Selfridge Field, MI  he later served with 97FS, 82FG
. 22-Oct-41 41-6699 Republic P-43 Lancer McCluney, John H   71PS 1PG     Landing accident, 71Pursuit Squadron, 1Pursuit Group, Savannah AAB, GA , condemned at Chanute Feb 23, 1942
. 27-Oct-41 41-6706 Republic P-43 Lancer Muldoon, Bernard R O-421390 71PS 1PG     Forced landing due to engine failure, 71Pursuit Squadron, 1Pursuit Group, 10 mi NW of Savannah AAB, GA,  plane went to to RFC May 15, 1945
. 05-Nov-41 40-763 Lockheed P-38 Lightning Pringle, Wesley M O-421310 27PS 1PG     Take off accident, 27PS, 1PG, McClellan Field, CA, plane condemned Mar 19, 1942
. 11-Nov-41 41-6704 Republic P-43 Lancer Smedley, Arthur A, Jr O-421342 71PS 1PG     Landing accident causing ground loop, 71Pursuit Squadron, 1Pursuit Group, Municipal Airport Spartanburg, SC, plane was surveyed Apr 9, 1942 , Pilot later went to HQ96FS, 82FG
. 16-Nov-41 39-715 Republic YP-43 Lancer Thurston, Clarence E   94PS 1PG     Take off accident causing ground loop, 94PS, 1PG, Municipal Airport Spartanburg, SC , condemned Feb 23, 1942
. 16-Nov-41 41-6701 Republic P-43 Lancer Workman, William B   94PS 1PG     Forced landing out of gas 94PS, 1PG, Conyers, GA, plane surveyed Apr 19, 1942
. 17-Nov-41 40-800 Lockheed P-38D Lightning Rudder, Carl F O-431466 94PS 1PG     Crashed belly landing out of gas, 94PS, 1PG, Woodruff, SC
. 25-Nov-41 41-6715 Republic P-43 Lancer Stover, Glen R O-421326 71PS 1PG     Landing accident causing ground loop 71Pursuit Squadron, 1Pursuit Group, Municipal Airport Spartanburg, SC, plane was condemned Feb 23, 1942
. 26-Nov-41 41-6694 Republic P-43 Lancer Newman, William G O-421294 71PS 1PG     Landing accident caused by mechanical failure,71Pursuit Squadron, 1Pursuit Group, Municipal Airport Spartanburg, SC, plane went to CL-26 at Biloxi, MS Apr 3, 1942
. 09-Dec-41 39-690 Lockheed YP-38 Lightning Mendenall, Harold O.N O-418138 94PS 1PG     Forced landing due to engine failure, 94PS, 1PG, Jonesboro, IN, eventually plane went to to Parks Air College, St Louis, MO Feb 26, 1942.
. 16-Dec-41 41-6709 Republic P-43 Lancer Harris, Francis H O-411633 71PS 1PG     Landing accident caused by mechanical failure, 71Pursuit Squadron, 1Pursuit Group, North Island NAS, CA, plane surveyed Oct 14, 1942
. 20-Dec-41 40-755 Lockheed P-38 Lightning Prann, Bradley F O-23027 27PS 1PG     taxiing accident, 27PS, 1PG, North Island NAS, CA, later crashed on takeoff at North Island, CA Mar 13, 1942. Pilot killed
. 20-Dec-41 40-780 Lockheed P-38D Lightning Bridges, Benjamin H O-383440 94PS 1PG     C/n 222-2251, take off accident, (see 12 Mar 42) , 94PS, 1PG, North Island NAS, CA, 
. 21-Dec-41 40-770 Lockheed P-38 Lightning Robertson, Foy, Jr,   94PS 1PG   DNB C/n 222-2241, Pilot killed in mid air collision, 94PS, 1PG, 10 mi W San Diego, CA 94th squadron loses two pilots, Lt Foy Robertson, and Lt William Northern when their P-38s collide and crash into the Pacific ocean
. 21-Dec-41 40-805 Lockheed P-38 Lightning (RP-38D) Northern, William L, Jr 14034066 94PS 1PG   DNB

HOMETOWN, Nashville, TN, Pilot killed in mid air collision, 94PS, 1PG, 10 mi W San Diego, CA, HONORED BY, Mrs. Sarah C. Fisher, KILLED IN TRAINING FIGHT DECEMBER 1941, MARCH AIR FIELD, RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA

. 25-Dec-41 40-746 Lockheed P-38 Lightning Lauler, Stuart R   27PS 1PG     Taxing accident, 27PS, 1PG, North Island NAS, CA, eventually plane went to to CL-26 at Muroc AAB, CA Jul 27, 1943
. 28-Dec-41 41-6700 Republic P-43 Lancer Scales, Allan B O-421329 71PS 1PG   DNB Hometown: Marion County, IN, Pilot killed in crash, , 71Pursuit Squadron, 1Pursuit Group, machine gun practice flight, Pacific Ocean off North Island NAS, CA, crashed W of North Island at sea Dec 28, 1941. Pilot killed
. 30-Dec-41 40-753 Lockheed P-38 Lightning Rudder, Carl F. O-431466 94PS 1PG     Take off accident due to engine fire, 94PS, 1PG, North Island NAS, CA 

1942

MACR#

Date Serial# A/C Type Pilot Service # Sqdn Group AF Status Location/ Comments
. 12-Mar-42 40-780 Lockheed P-38D Lightning Lauck, James W.  O-431458 94FS 1FG   DNB Hometown: Montgomery County, OH, c/n 222-2251, details unknown at this time
. 19-Mar-42 . . Scholzhauer, Lawrence   94FS 1FG   DNB Details unknown to me
  1 Apr 42 41-2275 Lockheed P-38E Lightning Wells, Richard H  O-411745 71FS 1FG   Training Incident happened at Muroc, CA , prior to his posting to the 1FG, plane later to CL-26 at Curtiss-Wright Tech Institute, CA Jun 29, 1942
  18 Apr 42 41-2324 Lockheed P-38F-LO Lightning Moor, Richard D (Not confirmed) O-431142 27FS 1FG   DNB Hometown: Oklahoma County, OK. Hit tow target and crashed during air-to-air gunnery near NAAS Camp Kearney Apr 18, 1942. Pilot killed.
. 05-Apr-42 41-1990 Lockheed P-38E Lightning Bridges, Benjamin H. Jr. O-383440 27FS 1FG   DNB Hometown: Leon County, FL, On a dive pattern one didn’t pull up. The pilot tried his chute but he hit the horizontal stabilizer., wrecked 1 mi N of Miles Field, CA Apr 5, 1942from Tallahassee, Florida, Army authorities today investigated the crash of a P-38 interceptor pursuit plane that carried an army air force pilot to his death when it went into a dive over the Del Rey hills. Home base Mines Field, California, now Los Angeles International Airport (other source has it as March Field, CA )
. 12 Apr 42 . . . . . . . . Lieutenant General Henry H "Hap" Arnold, Commanding General USAAF, sends air plans for Operation BOLERO, the build-up of US armed forces in the UK for an attack on Europe, to General George C Marshall, Chief of Staff US Army, in London. The plan calls for establishment of the 8th Air Force in the UK.
. 30-Apr-42 . . Lichtenberger, Walter O-431460 94FS 1FG   DNB Hometown: Macon County, IL
. 23-Jun-42 41-9020 Boeing B-17E Fortress Tibbetts, Paul W. O-361713   97BG     A Flight, call sign Steamer Red 45, listed as on detachment from 97FS, , he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, plane later on Apr 18, 1943 became target tug ship for 303rd BG as "Phyllis" aka "Tugboat Annie". Crash landed at Molesworth, England Jul 23, 1944
. 23-Jun-42 41-7561 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Stone, John N. O-17765 HQSQ 1FG     A Flight, call sign Steamer Red 19, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero,
. 23-Jun-42 41-7596 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Garman, Ralph S. O-21571 HQSQ 1FG     A Flight, call sign Steamer Red 20, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7577 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Calderbank, John J. B. O-376072 HQSQ 1FG     A Flight, call sign Steamer Red 21, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero,
. 23-Jun-42 41-7592 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Glenn, Joseph A, Jr. O-416297 HQ27 1FG     A Flight, call sign Steamer Red 22, listed on 27FS roster, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, plane later converted summer 1943 to 2-seater for use as personal aircraft of Col Cass Hough, CO of Air Technical Services at RAF Bovington. Enabled him to carry an assistant while visiting other facilities.
. 23-Jun-42 41-2578 Boeing B-17E Fortress Beasley, Harold H. O-379237   97BG     A Flight, call sign Steamer Blue 46, listed as on detachment from 97FS, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, 326th BS, 92nd BG, *Butcher Shop*, renamed *Big Tin Bird* when flying as service aircraft for 20th FG CO. Reformed Aug 6, 1945. Led the first B-17 raid in the European Theatre Aug 17, 1942.
. 23-Jun-42 41-7634 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Zahn, John O. O-286998 HQSQ 1FG     A Flight, call sign Steamer Blue 23, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, lost 15 Oct 42, Longseth, Jack S,  94FS, Ibsley, England 
. 23-Jun-42 41-7562 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Mathis, Peyton S., Jr. O-421274 HQ71 1FG     A Flight, call sign Steamer Blue 24, listed on 71FS roster, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7585 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Smith, J. F.   HQSQ 1FG     A Flight, call sign Steamer Blue 25, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7621 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Prann., Bradley F. O-23027 HQSQ 1FG     A Flight, call sign Steamer Blue 26, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-17544 Martin B-26B Marauder Newbury, Edward S. E. O-431150 27FS 1FG     Spare Flight, call sign Steamer 27, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, (not confirmed right serial number or plane)
. 23-Jun-42 41-2387 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Longseth, Jack S O-427597 27FS 1FG     Spare Flight, call sign Steamer 28, c/n 222-5605, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, MIA Dec 11, 1942, 
. 23-Jun-42 41-7559 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Newman, William G. O-421294 71FS 1FG     Spare Flight, call sign Steamer 29, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero,
. 23-Jun-42 41-7575 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Kille, Kurl W. O-430387 94FS 1FG     Spare Flight, call sign Steamer 30, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero

1st P-38 in this lot of 3 c/n

23-Jun-42 41-7539 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Molzahn, Clifford D. O-430569 94FS 1FG     Spare Flight, call sign Steamer 31, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-9114 Boeing B-17E Fortress Ijams, John H. O-436514   97BG     (on detachment from 97BG) replaced Hoffman who was to have been in 41-9107, 27FS, 1FG, A Flight, call sign Tarmac Red 45, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7601 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Weltman, John W. O-22825 27FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tarmac Red 19, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero

2nd P-38 in this lot of 3 c/n

23-Jun-42 41-7540 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Shahan, Elza E. O-423963 27FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tarmac Red 20, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero

1st P-38 in this lot of 3 c/n

23-Jun-42 41-7548 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Stemen, Rodger F. O-423367 27FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tarmac Red 21, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero,

2nd of 2, P-38 in this c/n lot

23-Jun-42 41-7515 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Morrison, Marvis C. O-431136 27FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tarmac Red 22, c/n 222-5641/5642, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero,
. 23-Jun-42 41-2629 Boeing B-17E Fortress Aenchbecher, Arthur E. O-431024   97BG     A Flight, call sign Tarmac Blue 46, listed as on detachment from 97BG, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero

1 of 1, P-38 in this c/n lot

23-Jun-42 41-7535 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Owens, Joel A. Jr. O-417714 27FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tarmac Blue 23, c/n 222-5662, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero,
. 23-Jun-42 41-7555 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Smith, Henry K. O-431545 27FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tarmac Blue 24, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero

2nd P-38 in this lot of 3 c/n

23-Jun-42 41-7549 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Mendenell, Harold O. N. O-418138 27FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tarmac Blue 25, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7597 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning, Pate, James F. O-423957 27FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tarmac Blue 26, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-9175 Boeing B-17E Fortress Lipsky, Clarence W. O-430595   97BG     B Flight, call sign Tarmac Yellow 47, on detachment from 97BG, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, 
. 23-Jun-42 41-7594 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Welsh, Darrell, G. O-417727 27FS 1FG     B Flight, call sign Tarmac Yellow 27, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, 
. 23-Jun-42 41-7590 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Ross, George L. O-423962 27FS 1FG     B Flight, call sign Tarmac Yellow 28, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, 
. 23-Jun-42 41-7589 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Long, William K. O-416315 27FS 1FG     B Flight, call sign Tarmac Yellow 29, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7619 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Hartman, Elmer O-431198 27FS 1FG     B Flight, call sign Tarmac Yellow 30, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-9089 Boeing B-17E Fortress Stark     97BG     Stark, replaced Ijams, John H. (detachment from 97BG) who replaced Hoffman who was to have been in 41-9107, 1FG, C Flight, call sign Limbo White 50
. 23-Jun-42 41-7576 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Morefield, Luther W. Jr. O-421287 71FS 1FG     C Flight, call sign Limbo White 39, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, Plane lost Beals, Donald S, 83S, 78FG, 26 Jan 43
1 of 1 in this c/n lot 23-Jun-42 41-7497 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Naismith, Robert E. O-421291 71FS 1FG     C Flight, call sign Limbo White 40, c/n 222-5624, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero,  condemned due to crash Feb 5, 1943
. 23-Jun-42 41-7591 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Stover, Glen R. O-421326 71FS 1FG     C Flight, call sign Limbo White 41, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
1 of 1 in this c/n lot 23-Jun-42 41-7531 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning  Rush, George A. O-421324 71FS 1FG     C Flight, call sign Limbo White 42, c/n 222-5658, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-9025 Boeing B-17E Fortress Cronkite,     97BG     ??(Walter?), 1FG, A Flight, call sign Tomcat Red 45, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, plane later 457th BG, salvaged Jun 2, 1945
. 23-Jun-42 41-7608 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning  Hubbard, Glen E O-371849 94FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tomcat Red 19, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7599 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning  Murdock, Lewis C. O-428411 94FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tomcat Red 20, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7602 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning  Umphrey, Everett F. O-421357 94FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tomcat Red 21, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero

3rd P-38 in this lot of 3 c/n

23-Jun-42 41-7550 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning  McWherter, Richard W O-431135 94FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tomcat Red 22, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-2628 Boeing B-17E Fortress, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero,  Taylor, Thomas K. O-431066   97BG     A Flight, call sign Tomcat Blue 46, on detachment from 97BG
. 23-Jun-42 41-7614 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Rimke, Clarence R. O-421315 94FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tomcat Blue 23, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7613 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning  Roberts, Newell O. O-421319 94FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tomcat Blue 24, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7604 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Oakley, Charles W. O-421297 94FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tomcat Blue 25, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
1 of 1 in this c/n lot 23-Jun-42 41-7546 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Pennington, William S. L. O-431156 94FS 1FG     A Flight, call sign Tomcat Blue 25, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, Plane later named Daisy Mae/Rum Head assigned to Lt. Joel A Qwens, 27FS, 1FG, Nouvion, Algeria December 1942, he flew it down to MTO from England,
. 23-Jun-42 41-9105 41-9105, Boeing B-17E Fortress Staples, Johnson R. O-430629   97BG     B Flight, call sign Tomcat Yellow 47 on detachment from 97BG, , he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, plane was abandoned in Greenland.
See below 15 Jul 42 23-Jun-42 41-7623 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Webb, "Spider", Dallas, O-404103 94FS 1FG     B Flight, call sign Tomcat Yellow 27, force landed on Greenland icecap Jul 15, 1942 while en-route to BW-1, at the southern tip of Greenland
. 23-Jun-42 41-7584 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Starbuck, Donald O-420658 94FS 1FG     B Flight, call sign Tomcat Yellow 28, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, 
See below 15 Jul 42 23-Jun-42 41-7630 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Smith, Harry L. Jr O-420690 94FS 1FG     B Flight, call sign Tomcat Yellow 29, c/n 222-5757, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, force-landed on Greenland icecap Jul 15, 1942 while en-route to BW-1
See below 15 Jul 42 23-Jun-42 41-7583 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Wilson, Robert B. O-421368 94FS 1FG     B Flight, call sign Tomcat Yellow 30, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, force-landed on Greenland icecap Jul 15, 1942 while en-route to BW-1
. 23-Jun-42 41-9101 41-9101, Boeing B-17E Fortress Hanna     97BG     B Flight, call sign Tomcat Green 48 (on detachment from 97BG), he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, abandoned in Greenland.
See below 15 Jul 42 23-Jun-42 41-7626 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Wilson, Robert B. O-421368 94FS 1FG     B Flight, call sign Tomcat Green 31, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, force-landed on Greenland icecap Jul 15, 1942 while en-route to BW-1
See below 15 Jul 42 23-Jun-42 41-7560 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning McManus, Joseph Brad O-431466 94FS 1FG     B Flight, call sign Tomcat Green 32, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, force-landed on Greenland icecap Jul 15, 1942 while en-route to BW-1
See below 15 Jul 42 23-Jun-42 41-7616 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Rudder, Carl F O-431466 94FS 1FG     B Flight, call sign Tomcat Green 33, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, force-landed on Greenland icecap Jul 15, 1942 while en-route to BW-1
. 23-Jun-42 41-7582 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Lentz, J. C.  Harrison O-421230 94FS 1FG     B Flight, call sign Tomcat Green 34, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, returned to base, plane later coded UN-Q
. 23-Jun-42 41-9121 Boeing B-17E Fortress Bennet     97BG     C Flight, call sign Tomcat Black 49 on detachment from 97BG, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7627 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Harmon, J..(Jim) Amos O-412851 94FS 1FG     C Flight, call sign Tomcat Black 35, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7558 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Widen, Norman L. O-432977 94FS 1FG     C Flight, call sign Tomcat Black 36, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7607 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Pringle, Wesley M O-421310 94FS 1FG     C Flight, call sign Tomcat Black 37, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7587 Lockheed P-38F Lightning  Ilfrey, Jack Milton O-421223 94FS 1FG     C Flight, call sign Tomcat Black 38, c/n 222-5714, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-9021 Boeing B-17E Fortress Smart     97BG     C Flight, call sign Tomcat White 50 on detachment from 97BG, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
. 23-Jun-42 41-7624 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Williams, Robert E. O-421367 94FS 1FG     C Flight, call sign Tomcat White 39, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, 
. 23-Jun-42 41-7628 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Kille, Jack C. O-427141 94FS 1FG     C Flight, call sign Tomcat White 40, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, 
. 23-Jun-42 41-7618 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Sutcliffe, George W. O-421??8 94FS 1FG     C Flight, call sign Tomcat White 41, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, lost 11 Oct 42, Lt. William S.L. Pennington, 94FS
. 23-Jun-42 41-7556 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Neale, Robert D. Jr. O-431391 94FS 1FG     C Flight, call sign Tomcat White 42, he was assigned to it  for Operation Bolero
  23-Jun-42 41-7631 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Kelsey, Benjamin     14FG     Call sign Shoe Black 7, (c/n 222-5687, 94th FS) force-landed on Greenland icecap Jul 15, 1942 while en-route to Narsarsuaq Fjord (61.10'N 45.25'W) in Southwestern Greenland and code-named Bluie West One (BW-1)
  9-Jul 42   First group of P-38 arrive in Goxhill, England     71FS 1FG     First of the planes. 2 of ours. Lt. Smith, JF and Mathis, Payton Five of HDQ's came in also.
. 15-Jul-42 41-7616 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Rudder, Carl F. O-431466 94FS 1FG     Call sign Tomcat Green 33, B Flight, force-landed on Greenland icecap Jul 15, 1942 while en-route to BW-1
. 15-Jul-42 41-7623 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Webb, "Spider", Dallas O-404103 94FS 1FG     Call sign  Tomcat Yellow 27., B Flight, force landed on Greenland icecap Jul 15, 1942 while en-route to BW-1, at the southern tip of Greenland
. 15-Jul-42 41-7626 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Wilson, Robert B. O-421368 94FS 1FG     Call sign Tomcat Green 31, B Fligh,  (94th FS) force-landed on Greenland icecap Jul 15, 1942 while en-route to BW-1
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15-Jul-42

41-7630 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Smith, Harry L, Jr. O-420690 94FS 1FG     Call sign Tomcat Yellow 29, B Flight, The last P-38 to touch down  now known as "Glacier Girl" , c/n 222-5757,  (94th FS) force-landed on Greenland icecap Jul 15, 1942 while en-route to BW-1., was only 62 days out of the factory door when it took its sled ride on June 15, 1942, and had only 72 hours of flight time logged. Recovered from Greenland ice cap in 1992. Restored and made first flight Oct 26, 2002
. 26-Jul 42 . More planes arrive in Goxhill,  England . . 71FS 1FG . . .
  05-Aug-42 41-34412 North American AT-6D-NT Texan Eiland, John D JR     1FG     To US Navy as SNJ-5, accident, Goxhill, UK
  09-Aug-42 41-7635 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Kille, Jack C O-427141 94FS 1FG     Accident, Kirton-In-Linsey, England. Crashed at Kirton-in-Lindsey, England Aug 9, 1942. Condemned in England Oct 31, 1944
. 12-Aug-42  41-7592 Possibly, 41-7592, Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning, as it was the plane he flew over in during  Operation Bolero, call sign at that time was Steamer Red 22 with HQ SQ. this plane was converted summer 1943 to 2-seater for use as personal aircraft of Col Cass Hough, CO of Air Technical Services at RAF Bovington. Enabled him to carry an assistant while visiting other facilities. Glenn, Joseph A, Jr. O-416297 HQ27 1FG 8AF   On 12 August 1942, became the first American pilot to arrive at Duxford when he flew a Lockheed P-38 Lightening in from Goxhill on tactical trials. He turned out to be the harbinger of things to come because by September 1942 Duxford had been selected as one of the RAF bases to be handed over to the USAAF, in the form of the US 8th Air Force.
. 14-Aug-42 Possibly 41-7601 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Weltman, John W O-022825 27FS 1FG 8AF . History of the 1st FG Volume II copied from microfilm # B0036 reports; As Weltman closed in and fired, they traded shot for shot.  Within a few minutes the Lightning received hits in the Armament assembly putting all four guns out of Commission.  Then an engine was shot out. By this time the other P-38, flown by Lt. Elsa E. Shahan, and the P-40, had finally located the German air monster.  Weltman turned back to the airdrome in his crippled plane, while Shahan and the other pilot pressed home the attack.
. 14-Aug-42 Possibly 41-7540 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Shahan, Elza E O-423963 27FS 1FG 8AF . Claims 0.50 victory with 2nd Lieutenant Joseph Shaffer of the 33rd Squadron, 8th FG, operating out of Iceland shot down a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor over the Atlantic. Shahan in his P-38F downed the Condor; Shaffer, flying  a P-40C, had already set an engine on fire. This was the first Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed by the USAAF. Shahan had planned on diving beneath his target, but with the roar of a thunderclap, it blew up practically in his face.  It was too late to turn, and he flew on through the bits of flying wreckage.  His lightning was well scarred up by the debris, but otherwise it was in shape to continue on to the United Kingdom. Lt. Shahan was awarded the Silver Star.  He was the first AAF pilot to receive it.
. 19-Aug-42 41-7604 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Oakley, Charles W O-421297 94FS 1FG 8AF DNB Flew this aircraft in Operation Bolero, call sign at that time was Tomcat Blue 25, plane had structural failure and Pilot lost Kirton, England other source has dove into ground near Thirsk, England Aug 19, 1942
. 19-Aug-42 41-7617 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning McCord, Robert R O-428442 71FS 1FG 8AF   Crashed on landing at Goxhill, England
. 2-Sept-42 41-7588 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning (not confirmed) Wells, Richard H O-411745 71FS 1FG 8AF . We have "RICK" painted on the tail boom of the plane for Capt. Wells nick name. Some have "Mad Dash" "Tex" "Texas Terror" "Florida Flash" "The Virgin" "8" Ball. others have ace of spades. skull + cross bones painted on them. 
. 3- Sept-42 .   . . 71FS 1FG 8AF   Rumor that some men may be transferred to 14th Group. They need experienced men badly
. 6-Sept-43 . . Settergren   71FS 1FG 8AF   They are picking 10 fellows and are going to commission them I guess. Settergren is one.
. 07-Sep-42 41-7611 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning  Harris, Francis N. "Bucky" O-411633 71FS 1FG 8AF   Became one of the first men to live after bailing out of a "38" after his engine burned out, aircraft stalled. Other source has crashed during attempted forced landing at Avon, Tyrell, England Sep 7, 1942
  10-Sep-42 41-7568 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Schoenfeldt, Verl O-421333 71FS 1FG 8AF   Accident, Ibsley, England
. 13-Sep-42 . . Moutier, John O-421289 71FS 1FG 8AF . Saw the P-38 give its best performance in a fight with a Mustang and a Hurricane today. The 38 Jake Moutier. [Lt John Moutier] would drop his flaps and cut sharp corners by goosing one engine + throttling the other back. He whipped around surprisingly fast.
. 19-Sep-42 41-7588 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning (not confirmed) Wells, Richard H O-411745 71FS 1FG 8AF . Got new squadron letters put on side of planes LM and (?) LMS Still don't know what we'll do with em.
. 02-Oct-42 . . Young, William H. O-431186 71FS 1FG 8AF KIA As the Group conducted an escort mission to Meaulte, France, (71st FS)  pilot from Andrews County, Texas was shot down and killed over a German airfield in occupied France, becoming the squadron's first combat casualty in WW II (shot down on by Unteroffizer Stoller, 2nd Staffel -2./JG26- three kilometers west of Coquelles, France near Calais at 1625hrs -- information courtesy of Belgian historian Luc Vervoort).
  10-Oct-42 41-7602 41-7602, Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning,    Umphrey, Everett F O-421357 94FS 1FG 8AF   Accident, Ibsley, England Z428
. 11-Oct-42 41-7618 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Pennington, William S.L O-431156 94FS 1FG 8AF KIFA Hit the ground during a practice run over an anti-aircraft position at Ibsley and killed, along with a British soldier in a generator shack that was struck in the crash
. 15-Oct-42 41-7634 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Longseth, Jack S O-427597 94FS 1FG 8AF   Details unknown at this time,  Ibsley, England 
  5 Nov 42 41-2296 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Whalen, William W    94FS 1FG   Training Incident happened at Orange Co Aprt, CA , prior to his posting to 1FG, plane later surveyed at Santa Maria AAF, CA Mar 7, 1944
. 08-Nov-42 W-8959 Miles Master Salz, Warren Roger O-727779 71FS 1FG 8AF DNB Hometown: San Francisco, CA, unknown details at this time,  Ibsley, England 
. 12-Nov-42   .       1FG     For Operation TORCH, the air echelon of P-38s start from England toward North Africa with an interim stop at Gibraltar.
  12-Nov-42 41-7587 41-7587, Lockheed P-38F Lightning, c/n 222-5714, he had been assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, and apparently continued to fly it., coded UNO, named *Happy Jacks Go Buggy* on the nose and *Texas Terror* on the tail boom Ilfrey, Jack Milton O-421223 94FS 1FG 12AF   Lost one of his auxiliary fuel tanks and decided to land in Lisbon, Portugal to get more fuel. Instead, they were going to intern him. He escaped while showing how to rev up the engines blowing his Pilot/ Guard off the wing and taking off causing an International ruckus.
  12-Nov-42 42-12738 Lockheed P-38G-1-LO Lightning Harmon, J.(Jim) Amos O-412851 94FS 1FG 12AF   Landed a few minutes later promptly interned. He had to be smuggled out of Portugal after a four month stay, c/n 222-7172, coded OK-T 300 while interned by Portugal, Serial initially assigned  (335) and changed to 300 in October 43
. 13-Nov-42   The 1FG and all 3 squadrons arrive in MTO, under the leadership of Col. John N Stone,  Stone,  John N O-17765 HQ 1FG 12AF    
. 15-Nov-42 . Other source has this happening on 12 Nov 1942 Chenoweth, Robert N. O-426557 27FS 1FG 12AF FOD Hometown: Alameda, CA. Was killed when his P-38, on a ferry flight from the UK to North Africa, crashed into a mountain at Ortigueira, Corunna, Spain, on November 15, 1942
. 22-Nov-42 BX-195 P-400 Rhodes, Cecil O-726682 . 1FG 12AF DNB This machine flew with the 1st Fighter Group based at Goxhill. On the 22nd November 1942 BX195 was apparently on a cross-country navigation exercise, but as it flew over the small Yorkshire market town of Settle, a few of the more observant onlookers realised that something was wrong with this unusual aircraft. Black smoke was seen emitting from the exhausts on the aircraft's side and the powerful roar of the engine was reduced to a spluttering cough as it passed from view heading towards the higher ground around the town. It is clear that Lieutenant Cecil Rhodes in the cockpit was guiding his stricken aircraft clear of the houses below, perhaps looking for a suitable area to make a forced landing. But the direction he was heading led to rugged and rocky fells rising before him and soon after clearing the town he elected to bale out. Unfortunately he had left it too late and his parachute barely opened before he hit the ground and was killed instantly, his aircraft diving into the ground only a few hundred yards away.
. 26-Nov-42 . . Muldoon, Bernard R O-421390 71FS 1FG 12AF . Taxied one of our 38's into a shell hole so that's 2 we've lost since we've been in Africa. One of the two was coded UN-G
. 29 Nov 42 . . Forsythe, Paul J O-885303 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 29 Nov 42 Possible 41-7587 Lockheed P-38F Lightning (coded UNO named Texas Terror (tail boom)/Happy Jacks Go Buggy (nose)) Ilfrey, Jack Milton O-431223 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 0.50 victory, Messerschmitt Bf-110 near Gabes Airdrome, in Tunisia
  29 Nov 42 41-7498 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Roberts, Newell O O-421319 94FS 1FG 12AF   Claims 0.50 victory. Messerschmitt Bf-110 near Gabes Airdrome, in Tunisia Coded UN-G, picture found here
. 29 Nov 42 . . Williams, Robert E O-421367 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 30 Nov 42 .   Black, Hubert R O-885346 27FS 1FG 12AF FOD Hometown: Milwaukee County, WI. Prior service with RCAF/RAF
. 30 Nov 42 Possible 41-7546 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Owens, Joel A Jr O-417714 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory His plane was named Daisy Mae and Rumhead) Coded HVE he flew this plane from England to Africa
. 30 Nov 42 . . Pace, Lawrence B O-429526 27FS 1FG 12AF DOW Hometown: Warren County, KY. Possible prior service with 63SS during Oct 1941 Died of Wounds 04-Dec-42
. 01-Dec-42 . . Butler, Lawrence A. Jr. O-885322 71FS 1FG 12AF KIA Buried at: Plot D Row 13 Grave 12, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia,  killed at Maison Blanche
. 02-Dec-42 Possible 41-7587 Lockheed P-38F Lightning (coded UNO named Texas Terror (tail boom)/Happy Jacks Go Buggy (nose)) Ilfrey, Jack Milton O-431223 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories, two Messerschmitt Me-109s over Gabes Airdrome, Tunisia
  02-Dec-42   41-760?,  P-38F-1-LO   1st FG 15AF  3 Dec 1942 War Loss, Source Terry T Possibly/Longseth, Jack S O-427597 94FS 1FG 12AF KIA Shot down while tasked to strafe the airfield at Gabes, Tunisia., Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery ( Possible Hartmann Grasser, led II./JG 51 to North Africa. Over Tunisia, Grasser claimed 12 victories to raise his victory total to 103, Claimed P-38's at 6km S Tebourda and 30km W Tebourda )
. 02-Dec-42 . . Lovell, William A O-885238 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 02-Dec-42 . . McWherter, Richard W O-431135 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 02-Dec-42 Possible 41-7498 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Roberts, Newell O O-421319 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories, Coded UNG later named "Bat Out Of Hell"
. 02-Dec-42     Williams, Robert E O-421367 94FS 1FG 12AF POW Shot down by flak while tasked to strafe the airfield at Gabes, Tunisia.
. 03-Dec-42 41-7598 P-38F-1-LO  1st FG 15AF   3 Dec 1942 War Loss, Source Terry T Possibly/Drysdale, William O-416286 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA During an escort of B-17s to Bizerte, the 27th lost three aircraft in a dogfight with Me. 109s.over Bizerte, Buried at: Plot E Row 16 Grave 11, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart
. 03-Dec-42 41-7596 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning, numbered 23 on the nose, Goxhill, England:  10 Jun 1942, Ibsley, England: 24 Aug 1942, Then off to North Africa & Tafaraoui, Algeria  13 Nov 1942., 2 Dec 42, 1FG, condemned enemy action Hester, William K. O-427335 27FS 1FG 12AF WIA During an escort of B-17s to Bizerte, the 27th lost three aircraft in a dogfight with Me. 109s.over Bizerte:, went to  49FS, 14FG KIA, 25 Aug 43
  03-Dec-42 41-7589 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Long, William K. O-416315 27FS 1FG 12AF MIA During an escort of B-17s to Bizerte, the 27th lost three aircraft in a dogfight with Me. 109s.over Bizerte:
. 03-Dec-42 . . Meyer, Louis O-885370 71FS 1FG 12AF   Another raid this morning by B-17's and 27th broke formation and lost 4 or 5 ships and got 3 109's 71st kept formation. 94th has 16 + victories. Lt. Moorhouse [Lt William Morhous?] crash landing. Myers engine conked on takeoff and came in. Crew chiefs left for Algiers by truck. We've lost 4 ships in Africa and none thru combat.
. 03-Dec-42 . . Morhouse, William O-426408 71FS 1FG 12AF . Crash landing
Not Confirmed   41-7624 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning       1FG 12AF   Nose number 5751, named, *aileen*
. 03-Dec-42 . . Runyon, Theodore H O-417719 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 03-Dec-42   . Sullivan, John A O-424966 27FS 1FG 12AF S/d Rtn Shot down, ship destroyed but he returned.
. 03-Dec-42 . . Wolford, John L O-423980 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 04-Dec-42   This is his FOD date see 30 Nov 1942 Black, Hubert R O-885346 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA Over Bizerte From Wisconsin, Tablets of the Missing Carthage Cemetery, Awards Purple Heart, Air Medal
. 04-Dec-42   . Everett, David R. O-427317 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA Shot down over Bizerte, Buried at: Plot E Row 13 Grave 4, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
. 04-Dec-42 Possible 41-7546 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Owens, Joel A Jr O-417714 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory His plane was named Daisy Mae and Rumhead) Coded HVE he flew this plane from England to Africa
. 04-Dec-42   . Pate, James F O-423957 27FS 1FG 12AF WIA Managed to land in Algiers.
. 04-Dec-42   . Pace, Lawrence B O-429526 27FS 1FG 12AF DOW Died of wounds, shot down over Bizerte
  04-Dec-42 41-7588 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning (not confirmed) coded LM-S previously named *Rick* on tail boom Russell, Roy C. Jr. O-431529 71FS 1FG 12AF   Plane named *Dot* usually assigned to Lt Moutier. Lost our ship somewhere near Algiers LMS-588. got a canon shell thru cockpit canopy and dashboard. broke main hydraulic line and Lt. Russell brought her in on belly. 27 victories to the Group now. Col. Stone has left to go with Gen Doolittles staff and Maj. Garman take over as Lt. Col. Things may be quite diff. now may get chance for flight training.
. 04-Dec-42 . . Weltman, John W O-022825 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 05-Dec-42   end of "64". Smith / Owens           December 5, 1942 : Lt. Marcus Linn, 27FS,  flew my ship again as spare. Lt. Smith came back so he flew 64 on through. Coming back, he ran out of gas and landed 5 miles out of Algiers . Capt. Owens attempted to fly it out and ran into a hole, breaking the nose strut. That’s the end of "64".
. 12-Dec-42 . . Hubbard, Glenn E O-371949 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 0.50 victory
. 12-Dec-42 41-2387 Possible Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning, MIA,  11 Dec 42, c/n 222-5605 not confirmed Umphrey, Everett F. O-421357 94FS 1FG 12AF KIA Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart. Major Hubbard and Capt Newell Roberts, both of the 94th, each credited with half a victory. Along with Lt. Umphrey (94th), they shot down an Italian Cant Z-1007 bomber over the Gulf of Tunis. Lt. Everet F. Umphrey was killed in action when he inexplicably continued in a gentle glide after the attack, made a belly landing in the water, and slowly sank into the sea with no effort to escape being witnessed
. 12-Dec-42 . . Roberts, Newell O O-421319 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 0.50 victory
. 14-Dec-42   . Runyon, Theodore H O-417719 27FS 1FG 12AF MIA Returns
. 17-Dec-42 . . Murdock, Lewis C O-428411 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 18-Dec-42   . Giles, Victor Galbraith O-885306 94FS 1FG 12AF KIA Was hit and killed. From New York, Tablets of the Missing Carthage Cemetery, Awards Purple Heart, Air Medal Prior service with RCAF/RAF
. 18-Dec-42   . Sutcliffe, George W O-421??8 94FS 1FG 12AF MIA Returned,  was hit and downed. Suffering from burns, Sutcliffe made his way back via Algiers, and eventually completed all of his combat missions.
. 18-Dec-42   . Widen, Norman L O-432977 94FS 1FG 12AF POW Shot down by German ace Anton Hafner (with 200+ victories before dying in 1944), was taken prisoner, and was visited by Hafner briefly afterwards. Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)
. 18-Dec-42   . Jennings, Clark O.   94FS 1FG 12AF S/d Rtn Shot down, but rescued by British Commandos. 
. 18-Dec-42   . Smith, Henry K O-431545 27FS 1FG 12AF POW Shot down, declared a prisoner of war on 3 Jan 1943., Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12
. 26-Dec-42 . . Ilfrey, Jack Milton O-431223 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories, two Focke Wulf Fw-190s five miles west of Bizerte
. 26-Dec-42   . Jones, Richard   94FS 1FG 12AF KIA Lt. Bühligen of 4./J.G. 2 claims two P-38s, Lt. Marx of 4./J.G. 2 claims a P-38, and Oblt. Tonne of 3./J.G. 53 shot down another P-38. One P-38 was claimed damaged. The 1st FG had escorted the 97th BG to Bizerta,
. 26-Dec-42 . . Murdock, Lewis C O-428411 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 26-Dec-42   . Sahl, Milton O-885327 94FS 1FG 12AF KIA Lt. Bühligen of 4./J.G. 2 claims two P-38s, Lt. Marx of 4./J.G. 2 claims a P-38, and Oblt. Tonne of 3./J.G. 53 shot down another P-38. One P-38 was claimed damaged. The 1st FG had escorted the 97th BG to Bizerta,
. 28-Dec-42 . . Scales, Allan B O-421329 71FS 1FG 12AF DNB Hometown: Marion County, IN. Pror service with 65SS, AFS,  during June 1941
. 28-Dec-42 . . Sgroi, Anthony O-431540 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 29-Dec-42 . . Fell, Albert W   94FS 1FG 12AF   United Kingdom. A 94th ship came in with main wheels not locked. nose wheel + tail took all the load. nearly blew nose tire. plane is now just spare parts.
. 29 Dec 42 . Pilots loaned out to the 1st Fighter Group due to lack of 33rd Fighter Group planes . . 60FS 33FG 12AF . On the 29th of December five veteran pilots of the 60th FS and two of their new replacement pilots boarded a truck at Telergma, where they were stationed, for the long drive down to Biskra. They were being loaned out to the 1st Fighter Group. The veterans were 2nd Lts Harry E. Dowd, O-660120, (KIA , 3 March 1943, 27th FS, 1FG), William H. Martyn, George P. Means, Edwin (Ed) J. Moses and Virgil E. Radcliffe, ( got his wings on May 19th, 1942, heand nine of his 42-E classmates were assigned to the 60thFighter Squadron of the 33rd Fighter Group), Lts. Dowd, O-660120, and Radcliffe had been together since Primary Training. Ed Moses joined them at Randolph Field and they got their wings in the class of 42-E. Matuch, George Jr., O-659739, 60FS, 33FG, was one of the two new pilots that accompanied the five veterans from the 60 FS to the 1st Fighter Group. Three of those pilots from the class of 42-E were 2nd Lts Virgil Radcliffe,O-660197,  Ed Moses and Harry Dowd. Other Lts. with this group were William Martin, George Means and Frank Matuch. Moses and Matuch would return to the 60th. Martin, Dowd and Means would be lost in combat. Virgil Radcliffe would finish his tour with the 27thFS, 1stFG, accounting for one Messerschmitt 109 on March 8th. Flying out of Biskra and Chateaudun-du-Rhumel he put the P-38 through its paces filling multiple roles as bomber escort, ground attack and dive bomber.
. 30-Dec-42 42-12717 Lockheed P-38G-1-LO Lightning Moutier, John (Jake) O-421289 71FS 1FG 12AF   Our new ship is LMV 42-12717 old one was 588

1943

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Date Serial# A/C Type Pilot Service # Sqdn Group AF Status Location/ Comments
. 02-Jan-43 . . Glenn, Joseph A Jr O-416297 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 02-Jan-43 . . Mendenhall, Harold O N O-418158 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
  02-Jan-43 42-12717 Lockheed P-38G-1-LO Lightning Moutier, John (Jake) O-421289 71FS 1FG 12AF   Coded LMV, Jake an old man with 400 hrs on 38's alone. A woman "Life" "photog" was here today. Painted "Jake" "Eileen" "Dot" on the plane.
. 02-Jan-43 . . Runyon, Theodore H O-417719 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 02-Jan-43 . . Smith, Henry K O-431545 27FS 1FG 12AF POW Date of capture reported as 12 Jan 1943, European Theatre: Germany, Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12
. 02-Jan-43 . . Weil, Burton L O-416365 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 07-Jan-43   .  .     1FG 12AF   January 7, 1943 : A P-38  taking off had a runaway prop. Went into a spin, crashed and burned up, killing the pilot and three Arabs who were working in a The Garden of Allah. More info, Had a fatal crash this P.M. A Lt. from a Bombing outfit took one of our 38's off and had to low pitch on prop and too much throttle. burned out left engine and it quit. tried to turn back but didn't trim ship and spun in on the turn. Supposed to have been checking out on it. Gas tanks exploded when she hit. may have killed 2 Arabs under it. 1260 rounds of ammunition. Otherwise day was uneventful.
  07-Jan-43   Lentz, J.C. Harrison (Bugs)   94FS 1FG 12AF POW Italian aircraft shot down Lt J.C. Harrison (Bugs) Lentz of the 94th who was subsequently captured and escaped from a sinking submarine. (No details found on capture)
. 11-Jan-43 41-7587 Possibly,  41-7587, Lockheed P-38F Lightning Ilfrey, Jack Milton O-421323 94FS 1FG 12AF   He damaged a Me-109 five miles north of Gabes Airdrome. C/n 222-5714, he had been assigned to it  for Operation Bolero, and apparently continued to fly it., coded UNO, named *Happy Jacks Go Buggy* on the nose and *Texas Terror/Mad Dash* on the tail boom. Ten P-38s of the 1st. Fighter Group escorted B-17s on a raid in the Gabes area, southern Tunisia coast, but over OUED EL AKARIT, 16 miles northwest of Gabes, 12 Bf-109s and FW-190s jumped two P-38s for a claim of one (Bill Lovell) and one probable (me). OFW Schultz of 11/JG51 claimed one P-38 which he saw crash west of Gabes at 1700 and OFW Nielinger hit a second, but was not awarded a confirmed victory. Bill and I had been flying together since he had transferred from an RCAF flying for an RAF Squadron to our 94th.
. 11-Jan-43   Dear John III, condemned Owens, Joel A. Jr. O-417714 27FS 1FG 12AF   January 11, 1943 : Captain Owen flew my ship on a strafing mission. Came back on one. The right caught on fire when hit by flak. This is the end of Dear John the III. The third was usually being flown by Lt. Shahan.
. 11-Jan-43 41-7581  Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning Lovell, William Albert "Bill" O-885238 94FS 1FG 12AF FOD Hometown: Beaver County, PA  Bizerte, Tunisia, Had prior service with RCAF to  RAF 263 Squadron. He had been flying Westland Whirlwinds Ten P-38s of the 1st. Fighter Group escorted B-17s on a raid in the Gabes area, southern Tunisia coast, but over OUED EL AKARIT, 16 miles northwest of Gabes, 12 Bf-109s and FW-190s jumped two P-38s for a claim of one (Bill Lovell) and one probable (me, Ilfrey, Jack M). OFW Schultz of 11/JG51 claimed one P-38 which he saw crash west of Gabes at 1700 and OFW Nielinger hit a second, but was not awarded a confirmed victory. Bill and I had been flying together since he had transferred from an RCAF flying for an RAF Squadron to our 94th.
. 11-Jan-43   FOD date (Finding Of Death) see 11 Jan 44 Wilson, William H O-429207 94FS 1FG 12AF FOD Bizerte, Tunisia,
. 12-Jan-43 . . Sears, Meldrum L O-421334 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 12-Jan-43   . Smith, Joseph R O-421343 71FS 1FG 12AF KIA Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, On a fighter sweep in the Gulf of Gabes, Lt Joseph Smith of the 71st bailed out after the Germans shot down his aircraft. He reportedly died by machine guns firing at his parachute.
. 13-Jan-43 42-12882 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning, Pilot killed in mid air collision, location Great Samford / 1mi S, England Wells, Richard H. O-411745 71FS 1FG 12AF DNB He had remained in England when the 1FG transferred to the MTO. Killed in mid air collision, location Great Samford / 1mi S, England.  Buried at: Plot B Row 3 Grave 44
. 14-Jan-43     Meyer, Louis O-885370 71FS 1FG 12AF KIA Lt. Bühligen claimed a P-38F shot down, and other II./J.G. 2 pilots claimed two B-17s damaged. An Italian pilot also claimed a P-38. The opposition in this combat was the 71st FS/1st FG, which escorted the 301st BG to Sousse and Sfax. Two P-38s failed to return.
. 14-Jan-43 . . Rudell, Raymond L O-022532 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 14-Jan-43   . Runyon, Theodore H O-417719 27FS 1FG 12AF POW Lt Theodore H. Runyon of the 27th bailed out while wounded west of Gabes, Tunisia, and captured.  Lt. Bühligen claimed a P-38F shot down, and other II./J.G. 2 pilots claimed two B-17s damaged. An Italian pilot also claimed a P-38.  The opposition in this combat was the 71st FS/1st FG, which escorted the 301st BG to Sousse and Sfax. Two P-38s failed to return.
. 14-Jan-43   . Salts, Ivan, W. O-414047 71FS 1FG 12AF KIA Combined attack with the 27th against airfields at Sousse and Sfax.  Lt. Bühligen claimed a P-38F shot down, and other II./J.G. 2 pilots claimed two B-17s damaged. An Italian pilot also claimed a P-38. The opposition in this combat was the 71st FS/1st FG, which escorted the 301st BG to Sousse and Sfax. Two P-38s failed to return.
. 15-Jan-43   . McWherter, Richard W. O-431135 94FS 1FG 12AF DNB Died during a taxiing-take off accident, caused by the zero visibility brought upon by the blowing dust of Biskra.
. 18 Jan 43 . . Welsh, Darrell G O-417727 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 18 Jan 43 .   Weil, Burton L O-416365 27FS 1FG 12AF POW Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
. 18-Jan-43 . . Stevens, Robert L O-412317 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 18-Jan-43 . . Sullivan, John A O-423966 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 19-Jan-43   . Gordon, Herbert W. Jr O-729336 27FS 1FG 12AF FOD Hometown: Ohio County, WV
. 20-Jan-43 other source have date of 21-Jan -43 43-2092 Lockheed P-38F-15-LO Lightning, coded UNC,  (94th FS) hit telephone pole during strafing, shearing port propeller which hit gun bay access panel and pole bent port wing back several degrees. Pilot flew the plane back to Biskra, Algeria and landed safely Miller, Benton   94FS 1FG 12AF   The group participated in a fighter sweep over the Tripoli area, strafing truck traffic on the Gabes-Ben Gardane road. Benton Miller of the 94th directly encountered a telephone pole and had somehow managed to nurse his aircraft safely back to Biskra.
. 21-Jan-43 . . Eiland, John D Jr O-411819 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 22-Jan-43   . Landers, Alden L O-730538 71FS 1FG 12AF KIA During a strafing mission on vehicles on the Ben Gardane road., Missing in Action or Buried at Sea, Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Purple Heart
. 22-Jan-43   . Dunn, William J. O-730415 71FS 1FG 12AF FOD Hometown: Los Angeles, CA, during a strafing mission on vehicles on the Ben Gardane road.
. 23-Jan-43 . . . . 71FS 1FG 12AF   The 71st moved to Ain M'Lilla. This would prove to be a fairly brief excursion and the last time one of the squadrons would be located separately
. 28 Jan 43 . . . . . . . . Three P-38s were claimed by Fw. Horst Schlick of 1./JG 77, Oblt. Kurt Niederhagen of 3./JG 77 and Oblt. Kurt Buhligen of 4./JG 2. Major Heinz Bar's I./JG 77 was then transferred from Ben Gardane to Matmata..
. 28 Jan 43 .   . . 71FS 1FG 12AF   Oblt. Bühligen of 4./J.G. 2 claimed a P-38 50 km south-west of Kairouan. Two others were claimed damaged. There were also Italian claims for two P-38s destroyed. The 71st FS/1st FG lost one pilot shot down, and another P-38 was damaged. Planes went escorting Fortresses from Biskra to Sfax. 18 B-25's 18 B-26's 20 - B-17's and about 16 - P-38's went. Lt. Newman got a 109. {Russ} got a common slug thru the cowling into the valve head cover thru a bulk head and rested in the bottom of the prop spinner. A very lucky shot. Lt. Sauer didn't even know he was fired on. Needs new valve head cover + piece of cowling. B-17's carry 9 - 500 lbs bombs out of this field. 97 direct hits today on Sfax,
. 28 Jan 43 .   . . 71FS 1FG 12AF . Oblt. Bühligen of 4./J.G. 2 claimed a P-38 50 km south-west of Kairouan. Two others were claimed damaged. There were also Italian claims for two P-38s destroyed. The 71st FS/1st FG lost one pilot shot down, and another P-38 was damaged.
. 31 Jan 43 . . Owens, Joel A Jr O-417714 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 3-Feb-43 . P-38 LM-X Johnson   71FS 1FG 12AF   Plane took off early with B-25's over Gabes Got jumped by lot of 109's lost LMX Johnsons ship. LML had canopy blown off and holes in boom but got back to {Jelegma}{Jelargma} Ours got a 109 probable - didn't see him hit. Came back to Jalargma and went out with B-26's again got back to us after supper RT. engine pulls 65" and left only 40+". lost LMX shot down LML got back shot up. LMP ran into rock pile washed out
. 4 Feb 43 . P-38 LM-H Melbraaten, Harold . 71FS 1FG 12AF S/d Britain flew our plane today got 2 - 109's. Wiseman got a 190 of Goerings yellow nose. LMW got back with LT. engine shot to hell and frags thru the canopy. hyd line shot out. belly landed on runway with a B-17 coming in the other way- damn close. L.M.H. with {Malbraten} [probably Lt. Harold Melbraaten] was shot down. showed up later Jake took plane up + tossed around a bit
. 4 Feb 43 . . Rimke, Clarence R O-421315 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory, Ten P-38s of the US 1st FG escorted 18 B-17s followed by 10 additional P-38s escorting a flight of 24 B-24s. Four P-38s were lost in combat with Bf 109s. Oblt. Anton Hackl of II./JG 77 battled with the Lightnings and was shot down and badly wounded. He spent the next several months in hospital. Capt. Clarence Rimke of the US 94th FS / 1st FG claimed one Bf 109. Another flight of Lightnings hit an airfield west of Gabes.
. 4 Feb 43 . . Wiseman, Lee V O-662711 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
1 of 1 in this c/n lot 05-Feb-43 41-7497 Lockheed P-38F-1-LO Lightning      71FS 1FG 12AF   Coded LM-W, c/n 222-5624, condemned due to crash Feb 5, 1943, had been flown to England by Naismith, Robert E., O-421291, 71FS, 1FG, C Flight, call sign Limbo White 40, Operation Bolero
. 06-Feb-43 . . Mathews, Willis E O-729037 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 07-Feb-43 . . Roberts, Newell O O-421319 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 7 Feb 43 . . Ross, George L O-423962 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 7 Feb 43 . . . . 71FS 1FG 12AF . We have 8 planes left. Told us Jerry was bringing gas in to Africa so we have to carry mask all the time now.
. 8 Feb 43 . . . . . 1FG 12AF . Pretty anxious days for us now. Group has only 24 planes left. Think we'll move together and so planes together. I'm afraid they'll split up this group Put men in new outfits to serve another 10 months overseas
. 09-Feb-43 . . Roberts, Newell O O-421319 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory. The Allies sent 24 B-17s of the US 301st BG escorted by P-38s of the US 1st FG and 20 P-40s and Spitfire Vs to attack Axis targets. At 13:45 hours, 6 II./JG 2 pilots scrambled to intercept an incoming enemy aircraft. A formation of 4 P-39s of the US 81st FG was flying a recon mission north of Ousseltia and east of Kairouan, escorted by 9 P-40s of GC II/5. 10 minutes after take-off, the Fw 190s attacked the P-40s. During the combat, the P-40s formed a defensive circle. The Fw 190s barrelled into the circle and claimed shooting down at least 12 P-40s and 6 P-38s at no loss to themselves. Hptm. Erich Rudorffer of 6./JG 2 shot down 6 of the Warhawks. After breaking away from the fight, he spotted several P-38s strafing ground targets and he dove to attack them. Two P-38s were shot down by Hptm. Rudorffer, making a total of 8 kills in a span of 32 minutes.
....GC II/5 lost at least 3 P-40Fs in this combat and Adjudant Chef Verrier, Sgt. Chef Denaix and Sgt. Chef Borg did not return from the mission although no one was killed. In the engagement, Sgt. Chef Denaix was hit and forced landed 24 km east of Kasserine. The French pilots Hebrard, Moret and Denaix each claimed a Fw 190, but II./JG 2 had no losses
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. 9 Feb 43 42-12717 Lockheed P-38G-1-LO Lightning . . 71FS 1FG 12AF . Coded LM-V,  named "Jake" "Eileen" "Dot" on the plane. New pilot took our plane today. Started down the runway and the nose wheel began to shimmy he didn't put on the brakes for fear he might snap the strut. But she snapped off anyway and went down on her nose both props hitting. could have been our fault but no signs of low hydraulic {aral} and air pressure was right.
. 13-Feb-43 . . Dowd, Harry E O-666120 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 13-Feb-43 . . Pate, James E O-423957 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 13-Feb-43 . . Ross, George L O-423962 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 15-Feb-43 . . Chambers, Thomas E O-791970 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 22-Feb-43   . Rimke, Clarence R. O-421315 94FS 1FG 12AF KIA Two days after a hard drive by the Germans through Kasserine pass, the weather cleared enough for the 27th and 94th to strafe through the pass, encountering heavy anti-aircraft fire, from both friendly and enemy forces below, level with, and even above the P-38's low flight path. Of the 12 aircraft sent eight came back. Rimke and Chambers went down in the Pass and two more crash landed behind Allied lines north of Kasserine. Nearly every plane was hit.
. 23-Feb-43   . Chambers, Thomas E. O-791070 94FS 1FG 12AF POW MIA, 94FS, 1FG, 12AF, (became a POW). Pilots who were part of the Bolero operation are given Air Medals. Lt Elza E.Shahan, 0-423963, 27FS, 1FG,  received Silver Star for victory over Iceland., Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
. 23 Feb 43 42-13003 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning . . 71FS 1FG 12AF .

As I was shaving I saw 7 new 38's come in. I beat it upon the line. saw the line chief and got a plane for our crew. P-38-G-10 LO 42-13003 which is nothing but an old P-38E taken back to the factory and brought up to date with bigger engines etc. Plane later lost Aug 30, 1943. MACR 551, Willey, John S.

. 25-Feb-43 . . Rudell, Raymond L O-022532 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 25-Feb-43 . . Starbuck, Donald O O-420658 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 25-Feb-43   . Wilson, David E.  O-730695 71FS 1FG 12AF KIA North Africa, Hometown: San Francisco, CA
. 28-Feb-43 . . Murdock, Lewis C O-428411 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 00/03/1943 41-7498 Lockheed P-38F Lightning Hagenback, James J   94FS 1FG 12AF   Coded UN-G, named *Bat Out Of Hell*, c/n 222-5652, as it was 1 of 1 in this batch the number 7525 was painted starboard or right side on the nose, named by Hagenback, as he was now assigned to this plane
. 01-Mar-43 . . Wolford, John L O-423980 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 03-Mar-43 . . Crane, Edwin R O-728980 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. Mar 43 . Information only Arnold, Fredric . 71FS 1FG 12AF . Based at Chateau dun du Rommel, Algeria and Mateur, Tunisia March through July 1943. He completed 50 combat mission in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy; dive bombing, bomber escort, strafing, and the destruction of enemy shipping and aircraft. His call sign was Doorknob Five Two.
. 03-Mar-43   . Dowd, Harry E.Jr. O-660120 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA While on an escort mission to El Aouina, Buried at: Plot A Row 11 Grave 14, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Ltn.Gerhard Opel, 2./JG 53, P-38, 15km nordöstlich Béja: 6500m, 16.10, 1st claim, source:; C.2031/II Anerk: Nr. 328, went down over Tunis as confirmed by a German solider who was first on the scene when the pilot hit the ground in his parachute. Dowd was also from the 27th FS and he and Martyn were tent mates. Both pilots were dead on the ground.  Pilot had prior service with 60FS, 33FG.
. 03-Mar-43 . . Ilfrey, Jack Milton O-431223 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory, Me-109 near El Aounia, Tunisia
. 03-Mar-43   . Martyn, William H O-659738 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA While on an escort mission to El Aouina, Buried at: Plot I Row 11 Grave 5, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, he was seen to bail out of his smoking P-38 in this area. No one in the squadron witnessed any attack on his plane, he and Dowd were tent mates. Both pilots were dead on the ground. Possibly Oblt. Wolfgang Tonne:  3./JG 53 P-38 £ 20 km. N. Medjes-el-Bab: 8.000 m. 16.05 Film C. 2031/II Anerk: Nr.476 Another possibility On March 3 1943 a formation of Allied planes was seen straying into Spanish airspace yet again, and Grupo 27's,  alert plane was scrambled with Teniente Miguel Entrena Klett, flying He-112 (5.68). After climbing to 3500 m, he spotted the target aircraft and identified them as eleven Lockheed P-38s. He then positioned for an attack out of the sun (which was to the rear of the formation) and made a diving pass on the trail-end aircraft. Several hits were made with the 20 mm rounds (his MGs were later discovered to be unloaded), and the plane started trailing smoke and was forced down in Algeria.
. 08-Mar-43 . . Ilfrey, Jack Milton O-431223 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 0.50 victory
. 08-Mar- 43 . . Kennedy, Daniel O-791120 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 08-Mar- 43 . . Miles, Joe D O-420967 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 08-Mar- 43 . . Newbury, Edward S E O-431150 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 08-Mar-43 . . Radcliffe, Virgil E. O-660197 27FS 1FG 12AF

On March 8th while flying bomber escort for the 91st Bomb Squadron, Virgil scored his only aerial victory. On March 9th he submitted this Combat Claim. “I was flying a P-38 as Blue 3 with the 27th Fighter Squadron, escorting 20 B-17s to intercept an enemy convoy 40 miles east of Bizerte. At 1300 hours, over Tunis Harbor, at 16,00 feet I saw three ME 109s in front of us. They were going from right to left. I picked the lowest one and opened

fire with machine guns from 250 yards to 150 yards. I saw hits in the engine and cockpit. The e/a started smoking. I

turned left and while in the turn I saw the e/a continue on its original course, then burst into flames. He fell off to the right and went straight down burning”.

. 08-Mar-43 . . Reese, Augustus F O-725358 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 0.50 victory
. 08-Mar-43 . . Sutcliffe, George W O-421348 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 08-Mar-43 . . Wolford, John L O-423980 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 10-Mar-43 . . Boose, Robert I O-791063 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1.50 victories. Thirty-six P-38s from the US 1st FG escorted bombers and were involved in combat with 15 Bf 109s. Hptm. Friedrich-Karl Muller of Stab I./JG 53 shot down a Lightning for his 108th victory and 3 minutes later Uffz. Alfred Scharl of 2./JG 53 also claimed a P-38.
....7 pilots, including Hptm. Hans-Jurgen Westphal and Fw. Emil Babenz, formerly of the disbanded 11./JG 26, were transferred to JG 53 with Fw. Babenz posted to 1./JG 53.
. 10-Mar-43 . . Mathews, Willis E O-729037 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 10-Mar-43 . . Miller, Benton E O-730669 94FS 1FG 12AF MIA Claims 1 victory, Returned to complete his missions
. 10-Mar-43 . . Quinn, Donald M O-791144 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 0.50 victory
. 12 Mar 43 . . . . . . ..   II/JG2, Ofw Kurt Goltzsch downed a P-38 of the 1st FG
. 13-Mar-43 . . Peterson, Carl E O-729364 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 21-Mar-43 . . Boose, Robert I O-791063 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 0.50 victory
. 21-Mar-43 43-2073 Lockheed P-38F-15-LO Lightning Fell, Albert W   94FS 1FG 12AF   Damaged in forced landing, 94FS , 1FG, Chateaudun du Rhumel , Algeria, previous incident on 12 Mar 43, Algeria and 29 Dec 42 in United Kingdom. A 94th ship came in with main wheels not locked. nose wheel + tail took all the load. nearly blew nose tire. plane is now just spare parts.
. 21-Mar-43 . . Mathews, Willis E O-729037 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 0.50 victory
. 22-Mar-43 . . Quinn, Donald M O-791144 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 22-Mar-43 . . Smith, James K O-427189 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 23-Mar-43 42-13135 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning Jones, Raymond S   71FS 1FG 12AF   Crashed belly landing, plane later 1st FG, lost Dec 1, 1943. MACR 1638, Carrobort  One new pilot - 19 yrs old. belly landed L-M-3 a new ship. didn't turn on Generator switch. forgot landing gear and belly in.
. 23-Mar-43 . . Mathews, Willis E O-729037 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 0.50 victory
. 23-Mar-43     Slater, Leslie V O-730639 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA Shot down and bailed out over the water. Lt. Newbury went back to help look for him. Think a torpedo boat picked him up.March 23, 1943  Missing in Action or Buried at Sea, Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
. 23-Mar-43 . . Welsh, Darrell G O-417727 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 23-Mar-43 . . Wolford, John L O-423980 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 25-Mar-43 . . Eiland, John D Jr O-411819 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 25-Mar-43   . Lentz,  J.C. Harrison O-421230 94FS 1FG 12AF S/d Rtn A P-38 captured and flown by an Axis pilot shot down Lt J. C.Harrison "Harold" Lentz of the 94th. Lentz crash landed in a desert canyon in North Africa. After struggling to get out of the cockpit, constantly forgetting what had been attached between him and his aircraft, parachute, throat mic etc., friendly Arabs rescued him. 
  01-Apr-43 42-13024 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning, badly damaged in landing accident, Chateaudun-du-Rhumel  Means, George P, O-659739 71FS 1FG 12AF   Coded LM-N, washed out on landing. Lt. Means blew rt. tire pulled him into drain ditch. snapped nose gear and right wheel gear. prop hit. hi speed quite a mess.
. 4 Feb 43 . . Lowe, Donald C O-730547 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 0.50 victory
. 03-Apr-43 . . Means, George P, O-659739 71FS 1FG 12AF KIFA  71FS, 1FG, 12AF, didn't return from a weather scouting mission.( he flew into a Mountain in the overcast)  His body was found with the wreckage of his aircraft the next day and he was buried. Entered the Service from: New Jersey, FOD, Finding of Death 3-Apr-43, Buried at: Plot C Row 8 Grave 4, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
. 05-Apr-43 . . Anderson, Robert B O-732115 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 05-Apr-43 . . Bancroft, George O-664367 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 05-Apr-43   . Field, Donald E. O-728985 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA While the 71st provided top cover and engaged enemy escort fighters, the 27th, along with the 82nd group jumped an enemy force of 50-75 Ju. 52s, six Ju-87 Stukas, 20 Me. 109s and four FW-190s. The combined Lightning unit destroyed 11 JU. 52s, two 109s and two Stukas. In the melee two 27th pilots were lost, Lt Donald Field (KIA) and Lt Donald Hilgert (KIA). (Lt Newbury, 27 FS, credited with downing 3 Ju-52s).Entered the Service from: Oregon, Died: 5-Apr-43, Missing in Action or Buried at Sea, Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
. 05-Apr-43 . . Hilgert, Donald B. O-729338 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
.. 05-Apr-43   . Hilgert, Donald B. O-729338 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA While the 71st provided top cover and engaged enemy escort fighters, the 27th, along with the 82nd group jumped an enemy force of 50-75 Ju. 52s, six Ju-87 Stukas, 20 Me. 109s and four FW-190s. The combined Lightning unit destroyed 11 JU. 52s, two 109s and two Stukas. In the melee two 27th pilots were lost, Lt Donald Field (KIA) and Lt Donald Hilgert (KIA). (Lt Newbury, 27 FS, credited with downing 3 Ju-52s)Entered the Service from: Nebraska, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
. 05-Apr-43 . . Loder, Eldred E O-729349 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories, In an effort to re-supply the Afrika Korps trapped in Tunis, the Luftwaffe tried to fly in supplies from Sicily and Southern Italy. 65 JU 52s were sent across the Med in one of the first large scale re-supply missions. The Junkers were escorted by only 2 Bf 109s from II./JG 27 and 3 Bf 110s from III./ZG 26. These were attacked near Cap Bon by 46 P-38s from the US 1st and 82d FG, divided into 2 formations. The Germans scrambled whatever they could to aid the hard pressed formation of transports but the whole reinforcement amounted to nothing more than 8 Bf 109s from II./JG 53. The German fighter pilots shot down 6 P-38s, but of course were so outnumbered that they were unable to cover the Ju 52s against the masses of Lightnings. No less than 14 Ju 52s were shot down. Elsewhere, P-38s accounted for another 15 German fighters. Combined efforts of NAAF fighters and bombers destroyed up to 200 Luftwaffe aircraft on 5 April, with many destroyed on the ground.
. 05-Apr-43 . . Mackay, John A O-791129 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 3 victories
. 05-Apr-43 . . Newbury, Edward S E O-431150 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 3 victories
. 05-Apr-43 . . Rush, George A O-421324 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 05-Apr-43 . . Shaw, Edward D Jr O-729066 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims  2 victories
. 05-Apr-43 . . Welsh, Darrell G O-417727 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 3 victories
. 10-Apr- 43 . . Ariano, Richard A O-730329 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories .P-38s destroyed another 20 German transports and 8 escorting German and Italian fighters. Later that afternoon, B-25 medium bombers and their escorts downed 21 transports and 4 of the escorting fighters. Despite these serious losses, the Luftwaffe continued to fly these aerial convoys.
. 10-Apr- 43 . . Brittin, George F O-730359 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 10-Apr- 43 . . Franke, Arthur C O-732211 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 10-Apr- 43 . . Garrett, Leslie F O-730447 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 10-Apr- 43 . . Jones, Raymond S O-732211 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 10-Apr- 43 . . Miles, Joe D O-420967 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 10 Apr 43 . . Moutier John L JR O-421289 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 3 victories
. 10-Apr- 43 . . Rivers, Walter J O-730613 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 4 victories
. 10-Apr- 43 . . Ross, George L O-423962 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 10-Apr- 43 . . Royer, William E jr O-730617 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 10-Apr-43 . . Rush, George A O-421324 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 10-Apr- 43 . . Sears, Meldrum L O-421334 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 4 victories
. 10-Apr- 43 . . Sweet, Samuel F O-729073 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 10-Apr- 43 . . Wiseman, Lee V O-662711 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 3 victories
. 11 Apr 43 . . Sullivan, James . 71FS 1FG 12AF . Cracked up in Algiers. Both props ran away he hit runway at 160 M.P.H. went over the end and snapped nose strut damn good job to bring in P-38 with both engines out.
. 12 Apr 43 . . Bolton, Willard L O-730354 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
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71FS 1FG 12AF FOD Done for belly tank dropped on his canopy. Hometown, Chemung County, NY
. 12 Apr 43 . . Schneider, Edwin O-730625 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 12 Apr 43 . . Sears, Meldrum L O-421334 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 12-Apr- 43 . . Wiseman, Lee V O-662711 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
  13 Apr 43     Cody, William E O-423692   1FG 12AF POW Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
. 17-Apr-43   . Anderson, Robert B O-732115 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA Hometown: Kern, CA
. 17-Apr-43 . . Harman, James  O-412851 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
.. 17-Apr-43   . Harman, James  O-412851 94FS 1FG 12AF KIA While escorting B-17s Captain James Harman, the 94th Commanding O downed a Ju.88 but in turn hit and forced to parachute. His parachute had been strafed and subsequently killed along with Lt Robert Anderson with the 27th. Entered the Service from: Pennsylvania, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Silver Star, Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
. 17-Apr-43 . . Lowe, Donald C O-730547 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 17-Apr-43 . . Mathews, Willis E O-729037 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 19-Apr-43 43-2099 Lockheed P-38F-15-LO Lightning Whalen, William W   94FS 1FG 12AF   Badly damaged in landing accident,  Chateaudun 
. 19-Apr-43 42-12918 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning, Brophy, Edward G   94FS 1FG 12AF   Crashed belly landing, plane later (1st FG) lost Jun 24, 1943. MACR 53,  John A. Hay ( 94th)
. 23 Apr 43 . . Bolton, Willard L O-730354 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 26-Apr-43 . . Lowe, Donald C O-730547 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 0.50 victory
. 29-Apr-43 . . Shaw, Edward D Jr O-729066 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 02-May-43   . Clark, Vern R O-730383 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA Entered the Service from: Montana, Died: 2-May-43, Buried at: Plot D Row 2 Grave 6, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Purple Heart
. 03-May-43 43-2157 Lockheed P-38F-15-LO Lightning Franke, Arthur C., Jr O-732211 71FS 1FG 12AF   Landing accident, M'sila 
. 03-May-43 43-2166 Lockheed P-38F-15-LO Lightning Deisenroth, Donald B T-000010 27FS 1FG 12AF   Taxiing accident,  Setif / 20km S
. 06-May-43   . Burke, James W O-730371 27FS 1FG 12AF FOD Hometown: Los Angeles, CA, lost while escorting B-17s to Trapani, Sicily.
. 06-May-43   . Bryson, Louis O-730368 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA Lost while escorting B-17s to Trapani, Sicily.
. 06-May- 43 . . Moutier,  John L JR O-421289 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 06-May- 43 . . Pate, James E O-423957 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 09-May-43 . . Loder, Eldred E O-729349 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 10-May-43   . Burger, George O-728970 94FS 1FG 12AF KIA While strafing a Sicilian airfield.
. 10-May-43 . . Newsome, Harry C O-730578 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 10-May-43 . . Owens, Joel A Jr O-417714 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 13-May-43 . . Lowe, Donald C O-730547 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 14-May-43   . Reese, Augustus F O-725358 94FS 1FG 12AF KIA Hometown: Lubbock County, TX, On a dive-bomb/strafing mission in the Cagliari area of Southern Sardinia. Lt Augustus F. Reese of the 94th ended up caught up in a bomb blast and killed. A Shallowater Texas native, Reese AFB in Lubbock Texas was named in his honor
. 15-May-43 42-12881 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning Ariano, Richard A   71FS 1FG 12AF   Landing accident, Chateaudun du Rhumel 
. 18-May-43 . . Linn, Marcus C O-865347 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 20-May-43 . . Butler, Gilbert E O-363375 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 20-May-43 . . Sweet, Samuel F O-729073 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 21-May-43 43-2365 Lockheed P-38G-15-LO Lightning,            MIA Not confirmed as 1FG plane
.     . Lowe, Donald C. O-730547 94FS 1FG 12AF KIA Was hit by anti-aircraft fire on a mission to Boca di Falco airfield near Palermo, Sicily. He ended up lost after being forced to bail out over the water, Entered the Service from: California, Died: 22-May-43, Missing in Action or Buried at Sea, Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters
.. 22-May-43   . Britz, Robert C O-730360 27FS 1FG 12AF MIA/Rtn Near Sardinia. Prior service with RCAF/RAF
. 25-May-43 . . Bennett, Stuart M. O-791061 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
.. 25-May-43   . Bennett, Stuart M. O-791061 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA 3 missions by the 1st FG today. Five pilots ended up missing after another Bocca di Falco dive bombing attack, Entered the Service from: Massachusetts, Died: 25-May-43, Missing in Action or Buried at Sea, Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia,  Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters 
. 25-May-43 . . Crane, Edwin R O-728980 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 25-May-43   . Freng, Alden E O-732212 27FS 1FG 12AF FOD Hometown: Milwaukee County, WI. 3 missions by the 1st FG today. Five pilots ended up missing after another Bocca di Falco dive bombing attack,
. 25-May- 43 . . Fisher, Rodney W O-733858 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
  25-May-43   . Fisher, David J O-742993 27FS 1FG 12AF Rtn Went into drink out of gas may be lost. 26 May 43 Fisher is back he made an emergency field. got a 109.
. 25-May-43   . Hall, Jack C O-732234 27FS 1FG 12AF FOD 3 missions by the 1st FG today. Five pilots ended up missing after another Bocca di Falco dive bombing attack,
. 25-May-43 . . Holden, Warren A O-730494 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 25-May-43 . . Mackay, John A O-791129 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 25-May-43 . . McIntosh, Frank J O-730563 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 25-May-43   . Rayburn, Max   94FS 1FG 12AF MIA Went missing on a separate mission from the others and was wounded in action. "Planes on mission over Sicily got jumped on by twice number. Frankie got 2 + probable. Lt Rayburn received serious wounds to the right arm and landed near a hospital in Tunis where he received medical treatment and some helpful advice.
  25-May-43   . Stentz, David S O-413033 HQ27 1FG 12AF KIA XO, 3 missions by the 1st FG today. Five pilots ended up missing after another Bocca di Falco dive bombing attack,
. 25-May-43 . . Sweet, Samuel F O-729073 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 30-May- 43 . . Gregg, Lee O O-732229 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 31-May-43 . . Kennedy, Daniel O-791120 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
  31-May-43     Loder, Eldred E. O-729349 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA Entered the Service from: KansasDied: 31-May-43, Missing in Action or Buried at Sea, Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
. 31-May-43     Elkin, George O-732197 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA Hometown: Dallas County, TX
. 01-Jun-43 . . Radcliffe, Virgil E. O-660197 27FS 1FG 12AF

In June he flew a little different type of escort mission escorting a British transport plane, a York, on an observation

flight over the Tunisian battlefields. The passengers on this plane were Prime Minister Churchill, General Marshall,

General Eisenhower and Sir Anthony Eden. Lt Frank McIntosh

remembered the missions as, “Six of us, all 27th pilots, Rush, of group, was a former 27th type. Radcliffe, Bancroft, Holden, Purvis and myself escorted a York (converted Lancaster) from Chateau Dun Cour base to El Aouina, now

Tunis airport. We stayed in Tunis, the Capital Hotel, overnight.

The next day, June 2nd, at 2:00 pm we flew to Grambalia. The big shots motored there. Churchill & Eden spoke to the R.A.F. personnel there (Spitfire unit) I forget the details, but I

believe both the York, 6 P-38s and 12,  31st Gp. Spits visited

another R.A.F. base enroute to Algiers. We spent the night in

Algiers and flew home June 3rd. When we landed at Algiers

the York pilot called on the radio to invite us to have a drink

with ‘Them’ on the York. Our excitement faded when we

boarded the York for our drink but realized the dignitaries

had departed earlier.

  05-Jun-43   P-38s attacked Capoterra A/F in Sardiania. Shaw, Edward D., Jr O-729066 27FS 1FG 12AF POW Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
. 05-Jun- 43 . . Franke, Arthur C O-732211 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 05-Jun-43   . Franke, Arthur C. Jr O-732211 71FS 1FG 12AF KIA Entered the Service from: Illinois, Died: 5-Jun-43, Missing in Action or Buried at Sea, Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, See 3 May 43 for a previous entry
. 08-Jun-43 . . Rush, George A O-421324 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 09-Jun-43 . . Britz, Robert C O-730380 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 09-Jun-43 42-5045 Noorduyn YC-64 Norseman Carter, Arthur C   HQ71 1FG 12AF   Ground loop take off accident, 71HqS, Newfoundland Apt, east coast of Canada,
. 09-Jun-43 . . Kennedy, Daniel O-791120 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 3 victories
. 09-Jun-43 . . Miller, Benton E O-730669 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 13-Jun-43 42-13251 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning Kiper, Ralph L   94FS 1FG 12AF   Landing accident,  Chateau-du-Rhumel
. 18-Jun-43 . . Brown, Charles W O-728967 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 24-Jun-43 . . Butler, Gilbert E O-363375 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 30-May- 43 . . Melbratten, Harold E O-662656 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
19 18-Jun-43 42-12923 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning Britz, Robert C O-730360 27FS 1FG 12AF MIA Gulf of Orosei on the east coast of Sardinia, Italy , Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia. Location, Gulf Of Orosei. Point Of Departure, A P O 520
. 20-Jun-43 . . Brown, Charles W O-728967 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 20-Jun-43 . . Conn, David M O-732171 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
312 20-Jun-43 42-13443 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning, Cronin , James W. O-733834 94FS 1FG 12AF POW Escorted B-26 Marauders to Castelvetrano in Sicily, Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)
311 20-Jun-43 42-13147 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning, Esser, Edward O O-733855 94FS 1FG 12AF POW Escorted B-26 Marauders to Castelvetrano in Sicily, eventually returned to duty
. 20-Jun-43 . . Gilliam. Howard A O-730453 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 20-Jun-43 . . Kohn, Fredric L O-732274 71FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
310 20-Jun-43 42-13138 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning, Thompson, Leon   27FS 1FG 12AF MIA Escorted B-26 Marauders to Castelvetrano in Sicily
. 21-Jun-43 43-2409 Lockheed P-38G-15-LO Lightning Beeson, Henry R   71FS 1FG 12AF   Crashed on take off due to engine fire,  St Donat 
. 24-Jun-43 . . Bower, James E O-728963 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
. 24-Jun-43 . . Brown, Charles W O-728967 27FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
56 24-Jun-43 42-12910 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning,  Conn, David M. O-732171 27FS 1FG 12AF FOD Hometown: Lake County, FL. Dive bombing in Sardinia Location, Chilivani, Point Of Departure, Chateaudun Du Rhuml
53 24-Jun-43 42-12918 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning, Hay, John A. O-737780 94FS 1FG 12AF KIA Location, 50 Miles West Of Oranis Lane, Point Of Departure, Chateau Dun Rhumel. Dive bombing in Sardinia , Tablets of the Missing at Rhone American Cemetery, Draguignan, France
. 24-Jun-43 . . Newsome, Harry C O-730578 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 1 victory
105 24-Jun-43 42-13246 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning, Nielson, Thorman R O-732320 27FS 1FG 12AF POW Location, Chilivani, Point Of Departure, Chateaudun Du Rhuml. Dive bombing in Sardinia, Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
. 25-Jun-43 . . Wellensiek, Otto H O-431581 94FS 1FG 12AF . Claims 2 victories
. 27-Jun-43 42-12998 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning Wiseman, Lee V   71FS 1FG 12AF Survived Landing accident, 71FS, 1FG, St Donat/8mi N, 15 planes came in. K. Cleaver leading in LM-L flew down in his piggyback. Lt. Wiseman had engine catch fire. belly tanks dropped and bellied in. don't know if alive or not. Went swimming at Bizerte. Is a ghost city no one living there. Is a bombed mess docks etc. Lt. Wiseman got out of crash OK. mad cause broke his goggles + lost his toilet kit.
. 6 Jul 43 . . . . . 1FG 12AF   4 of our ships went down at Malta. one with one engine out.
73 10-Jul-43 43-2495 Lockheed P-38G-15-LO Lightning, Kuba, Robert J. O-729024 27FS 1FG 12AF KIA Location, Piazzo Armerina, Sicily, Point Of Departure, Mateur No. One.(The base was on a dry lake about 15 miles east of the Port of Biserte. )  Seen to crash into an enemy tank  during OPERATION HUSKEY began with eight separate strafing and dive bombing missions to eastern, southeastern and central Sicily., Entered the Service from: Ohio, Died: 10-Jul-43, Missing in Action or Buried at Sea, Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy, Awards: Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
111 10-Jul-43 42-13192 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning, Gilliam, Howard A.,Jr O-730453 94FS 1FG 12AF KIA Location, 5 Miles W. Of Caltanissetta, Point Of Departure, Mateur # 1. During OPERATION HUSKEY which began with eight separate strafing and dive bombing missions to eastern, southeastern and central Sicily., Entered the Service from: Mississippi, Died: 10-Jul-43, Missing in Action or Buried at Sea, Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy, Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
101 11-Jul-43 42-13219 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning, collided in mid air over Sicily with 43-2452 Chapman, Ernest A   71FS 1FG, 12AF MIA/Rtn Location, Lake Lentini, Sicily, Point Of Departure, Mateur, Tunisia. Returned to his unit on the 16th after evasion, 2 missions today = Willy B-26 came in shot up split in half at landing after blowing a tire. lost 2 ships. LM 6 + 7 ran into each other very low. Diamond + Chapman Chapman an older pilot Diamond a new one. He luckily bailed out at 500' behind Jerry lines in Sicily. slept days walked nights ate berries Arnold probably put AKA,  Kohn in the cockpit of another pilot, Lt. Chapman, who was in Hank Schneider's flight and had a mid-air collision with Lt. Diamond over Sicily on 11 July 1943. Diamond was killed but Chapman survived and was captured by the Germans. In a scenario eerily similar to that of The Sicilian Connection Chapman escaped, got through the lines to the British where he hopped a C-47 back to the 71st, An account of this is contained in The ist Fighter Group in World War Two (written by John Mullins and published by Phalanx).
The account came from Robert Viall's loose-leaf notebook diary. Vial was a tent mate of Chapman's and says in his account that `If no one had told me beforehand I would have believed I was seeing a ghost walk into our tent. It was Chapman all right but he was very thin and worn from his fatiguing experience.,."
109 11-Jul-43 43-2452 Lockheed P-38G-15-LO Lightning, collided in mid air over Sicily with 42-13219 Diamond, David M. O-730402 71FS 1FG 12AF KIA Location, Lake Lentini, Sicily, Point Of Departure, Mateur, Tunisia. Entered the Service from: Arkansas, Died: 11-Jul-43, Buried at: Plot D Row 15 Grave 26, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy, Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart  2 missions today = Willy B-26 came in shot up split in half at landing after blowing a tire. lost 2 ships. LM 6 + 7 ran into each other very low. Diamond + Chapman Chapman an older pilot Diamond a new one
110 11-Jul-43 43-2404 Lockheed P-38G-15-LO Lightning Johnson, Dee A. O-730509 94FS 1FG 12AF KIA Location, About 6 Mi. Off Coast Bianco, Sicily, Point Of Departure, Mateur. Managed to keep his plane flying for awhile until he plunged into the sea, Entered the Service from: Utah, Died: 11-Jul-43, Missing in Action or Buried at Sea, Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy, Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
112 11-Jul-43 43-2550 Lockheed P-38G-15-LO Lightning, Was coded HV-V, near Gerbini Sicily. Brown, Charlie W O-728967 27FS 1FG 12AF MIA Location, Gerbini, Sicily, Point Of Departure, Mateur No. One. Bailed out over the target area when he was hit by anti-aircraft fire, resulting in a bizarre encounter with Italian troops, and eventually returned to his unit on 25 August 1943, 0-728967, 421 East Street, Reno Nevada, parachuted from his burning P-38 Lightning on 11 July 1943 near Gerbini Sicily. He returned to his Squadron on 2 September 1943.
. 15 Jul 43 42-13003 Lockheed P-38G-10-LO Lightning Maglio, Frank . 71FS 1FG 12AF   Willy flew 1st and Maglio [Lt Frank Maglio] flew last. Maglio made his first mission in our ship and got shot up. this was his last and he did OK. A real buzz job when he got back. Sullivan . [probably Lt James Sullivan] Hansen [probably Lt Robin Hansen] {Ruiers}. [Lt Walter Rivers?] Britain. [Lt George Britton?] Ariano. [probably Lt Richard Ariano] {Staiger} [Lt John Staiger?] have 50 missions and about 180 hrs. and will go home soon.
338  15-Jul-43 43-2122 Lockheed P-38F-15-LO Lightning Holcombe, Robert J. O-730493 94FS 1FG