P-38 aircraft of the U.S. 55th Fighter Group at Nuthampstead Airfield, England
Nuthampstead England Date:1943, October 15 Duration:1 min 41 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. 55th Fighter Group P-38 planes at Nuthampstead Airfield (Station 131) in England. Mechanics prepare P-38 planes prior to the 55th Fighter Group's first combat mission on 15th October 1943. Some of the mechanics work on the .50 Browning machine guns mounted in the nose of the plane. One of them checks fuel lines and the interior of the plane. 38th Fighter Squadron pilots gather in front of their Commander, prior to the mission. Pilots include the Group's first P-38 "Ace," Gerald Brown, and fellow 38th pilots, Jerry Leinweber and Jo Myers. Visual and Audio of 55th Fighter Group Commander, Lt. Colonel, Frank James (Group CO), briefing pilots and emphasizing their bomber escort mission. He tells them not to break off to pursue individual German aircraft. The crews disperse to their respective aircraft for take off. View of LCol. Jack Jenkins' P-38H "Texas Ranger" readies for take-off with assistance from his crew chief Sgt. Donald Maloney
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