Saturday, November 17, 2007

Sad Postscript to P-38 story

Fellow WWII aviation historian Marilyn Walton forwarded a message from her WWII aviation sleuth friend Ed in Belgium. According to Ed, the pilot of this aircraft was killed a little over a year after landing on the beach in Wales, while on a mission in North Africa.

Ed writes:

"Seems to be P-38F-1-LO Serial 41-7677 of 14th Fighter Group/49th Fighter Squadron. Had departed from nearby Llanbedr airfield on a training flight September 27, 1942 and ditched into the sea at Harlech due to mechanical problems. Aircraft partially salvaged at the time. Pilot Lt Robert Fred ELLIOTT (O-394428) from Rich Square, North Carolina. He died on a mission December 5, 1942 in Tunisia and is memorialized at the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia.

Regards, Ed in Belgium"

Also, a good video of the P-38 'Glacier Girl' on its first flight after being refurbishing can be viewed by clicking on this link:

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