Crash Landing du P-38 Lightning - type J-15-LO - s/n 44-23163 7Y*X
Fiche France-Crashes 39-45 modifiée le 26-11-2017
Date Nation Département Unité - Mission
05-10-1944 Etats-Unis Somme 474thFG/429thFS/9thAF Cross-Country (Vol d'entrainement)
Localisation Terrain A-72 Péronne
Circonstances Le pilote ne se rend pas compte que le train d'atterrissage n'est pas descendu (peut-être dû à une défaillance du systême) et se pose sur le ventre - Détruit - Dommages causés: moteurs, hélices, section arrière et fuselage - 12h10
Commentaires Décollage terrain A-78 Florennes (Belgique)
Sources AFHRA
Historique fiche 13/11/2017=Création - 26/11/2017=Ajout insignes
Grade Prenom Nom Poste Corps Etat Lieu d'Inhumation Commentaires
Major William H McWhorter Pil USAAF Récupéré O-385342
Fiche tech Correspondance grades Abréviations utilisées Filières d'évasion Camps de Pow Bases RAF/USAAF
Insigne 9th AF
9th Air Force
474th FG
474th FG
429th FS
429th FS
Tail Code 474th FG
474thFG
(Images transmises par Michel Auburtin)

L'appareil était peut-être un "Droop Snoot" d'après le rapport du Capt Coldwell ayant assisté à l'accident :
"On 5 October 1944 I was sitting in a "Jeep" at the intersection of the two runways of Flight Strip A-72. I was waiting for the 429th Fighter Squadron "Droop Snoot" to land. The plane had already made its peel up and the squadron markings were plainly seen 7-X and the triangle on the tail.
As the plane came into the final approach, I noticed that the wheels were not yet down. As I watched him coming in I thought he was going to "buzz" the field again but when he was ten feet off the ground, I noticed the nose wheel door was open.
I endeavored to warn the pilot by waving my arms beu he didn't notice me. There wasn't any control tower on the field. Both propellers hit the ground at the same time and wete torn off. Then the plane settled down and skidded about 200 yards down the runway.

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