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P-38 Lightning

Crashed: 24 May 1944 @ 1205 hrs (Pilot error)

1Lt Keith E Canella was leading a formation of three P-38 on a training mission near RAF Wattisham.

On approach to the runway, Lt Canella was too low and failed to adjust for the rise on this runway.

As he hit the ground, Lt Canella pulled-up, turned slightly to the left, clearing a grove of trees. The P-38 then struck a hanger, burst into flames then crashed down on a concrete apron on the far side of the hanger.

Pilot was able to extricate himself before aircraft was consumed by fire.

AAF accident report: 44-5-24-513



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Date Contributor Update
13 June 2017 20:24:48 terveurn Changes to media associations

from accident report

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2017 20:24:05 terveurn Changes to description

from accident report

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2017 20:23:22 terveurn Changes to unit associations

basic information

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2017 20:20:44 terveurn Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer and markings

correction on 42-28454