20th Fighter Group

The Loco Busters

Station

Kingscliffe 26 August 1943 to 11 October 1945

Station Callsigns

Churchpath

Group Callsigns

Denton to 22 April ’44 then:
Walnut (A Group)
Oatmeal (B Group)
Katie (C Group)
(No Squadron Callsigns in C Group)

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55th Fighter Squadron

Code:
KI
Callsign:
  • Towntalk to 22 April '44 then:
  • Sailor (A Group)
  • Pator (B Group)

77th Fighter Squad

Code:
LC
Callsign:
  • Rebuke to 22 April '44 then:
  • Outcry (A Group)
  • Glory (B Group)

79th Fighter Group

Code:
MC
Callsign:
  • Crownright to 22 April '44 then:
  • Primrose (A Group)
  • Screwgun (B Group)

Total Records: 654

Serial No Type Squad Sqd Code Pilot Rank/Given Names Markings Comments MACR
42-67188 P-38J 79 MC-T
42-67190 P-38J 79 MC-
42-67191 P-38J 77 LC- Lost 4 Jan 44 - F/O. Henry M Higginbotham KIA 1860
42-67193 P-38J 79 MC-X
42-67194 P-38J 55 KI- Lost 5 Jan 44 - Lt. Arthur T Altman KIA 1969
42-67198 P-38J 55 KI- Lost 5 Jan 44 - Lt. Robert H French POW 1968
42-67200 P-38J 79 MC-K Lost 10 Jan 44 due to force-landing - Lt. Mitchell P Snow
42-67202 P-38J 77 LC-Y
42-67202 P-38J 77 LC-D
42-67204 P-38J 55 KI-J To 474 FG 9th AF
42-67206 P-38J 79 MC-X To 474 FG 9th AF
42-67213 P-38J 77 LC-T
42-67217 P-38J 55 KI-W To 364 FG
42-67228 P-38J 77 LC-B Lost 29 Jan 44 - Lt. Richard T Bond KIA But See MACR 3099 2103
42-67229 P-38J 77 LC-D
42-67234 P-38J 77 LC-A Lost 8 Feb 44 - Lt. Robert D Frakes POW 2146
42-67251 P-38J 79 MC-X Lost 19 July 44 - Lt. Owen T Hillyard MIA - crashed into North Sea 8 miles off Westhoofd light due to mechanical problems. 6787
42-67256 P-38J 55 KI-F
42-67262 P-38J 77 LC-G
42-67281 P-38J 77 LC-J
42-67281 P-38J 77 LC-N
42-67285 P-38J 79 MC-J Klatt Lt. Quintus
42-67298 P-38J 79 MC-Q Yaryan Capt. Jess O Carrie Bee
42-67306 P-38J 77 LC-
42-67306 P-38J 79 MC- Lost 8 Feb 44 Lt. William H Rierson POW 2144
42-67407 P-38J 77 LC- Lost 4 Feb 44 - Lt. Donald L Durand KIA 2117
42-67427 P-38J 79 MC-H Heiden Lt. Arthur W Recoded to Hbar
42-67427 P-38J 79 MC-H Lost 23 April 44 crash-landed Podington on return from ops - Lt. Vernon Beesley
42-67442 P-38J 77 LC-A
42-67442 P-38J 77 LC-A
42-67443 P-38J 77 LC-O
42-67443 P-38J 77 LC-O
42-67448 P-38J 79 MC-V
42-67450 P-38J 77 LC-E Eze Doe's It Droop Snoot a/c
42-67451 P-38J 55 KI-R Schultz Capt. William G The Flying Dutchman
42-67462 P-38J 77 LC-X Lost 12 June 44 - Lt. Albert L Gese - Evaded 5729
42-67471 P-38J 79 MC-S Smutko Lt. Leonard S To 77 FS
42-67471 P-38J 77 LC-J From 79 FS "J" @ 29 Jan 44
42-67471 P-38J 77 LC-S Re-coded to "S" @ 8 April 44
42-67471 P-38J 77 LC-S Re-coded to "S" @ 30 May 44
42-67472 P-38J 77 LC-K
42-67472 P-38J 77 LC-A
42-67474 P-38J 79 MC-A Re-coded to MC-U
42-67474 P-38J 79 MC-U Lost 14 Jan 44 crash-landed on return from ops - Lt. Zell Wyman
42-67477 P-38J 77 LC- Lost 31 December 1943 - Capt. Richard C Garrett crash-landed Northwood, Isle of Wight due to being out of gas
42-67478 P-38J 77 LC-M Montgomery Col. Robert P Lost 12 June 44 - Lt. Dixon V Kendrick - Evaded 5730
42-67482 P-38J 55 KI-U Taylor Capt. Willis B
42-67484 P-38J 55 KI-Y McLary Maj. Maurice R Murph Lost 29 Jan 44 force-landed due to battle damage - Capt. Maurice R McLary
42-67486 P-38J 55 KI-J To 474 FG 9th AF
42-67489 P-38J 55 KI-L Lost 31 Dec 43 in take-off crash - Lt. John Crago KIA