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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 50464
Last updated: 20 September 2021
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Time:09:47 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P-38J-10-LO Lightning
Owner/operator:20th FGp /79th FSqn USAAF
Registration: 42-68094
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kapelle, Zeeland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire
Destination airport:
The aircraft was probably hit by a 20mm shell which exploded in the cockpit. The pilot, 1st Lt. M.F. Bench, did not survive and is buried at the Ardennes War Cemetery in Belgium.

The Lightning was flying fighter escort for the USAAF operation against marshalling yards at Brussels-Schaarbeek, Belgium.

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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
23-May-2019 12:05 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Mar-2020 09:44 Xindel XL Updated [Operator, Operator]

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