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First Lieutenant William K. Coon, First Lieutenant James M. Morris and First Lieutenant Evan J. Machen of the 20th Fighter Group consul a map (censored) at Kings Cliffe air base, October 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'Lightnings Attack Northern France. Versatile P-38 Lightnings, flashing their power across the English Channel for the first time in a combat role, bring new serial phase into the European Theatre of Operations. Well-trained pilots - some of them already experienced in the other theatres of war - and ground crews swear by their ships. From briefing room to flying line, from runways to skyways and contest with the enemy, each mission represents expert planning by Operations and Intelligence and the brains and sweat of every man who prepares an order or tightens a screw on a prop. Photo shows:- 1st Lt. William K. Coon, Compton, California,1st. Lt. James M. Morris, Detroit, Michigan and 1st. Lt. Evan J. Machen, San Bernadino, California. U.S. Pool/SG/H. Keystone 85.'



  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...


  • William Coon

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 77FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR), crashed near Kiel on 22-May-44 in P-38J 43-28270. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4974. Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Evan Machen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Salzwedel in P-38J #42-68181 on 8 Apr 1944 Am w 5 Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC 1 Me110, 1 Ju88, 3 Unknown

  • James Morris

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot Twin Engine
    James Morris was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1920. He enlisted in the Air Corps in 1942 and flew 72 missions with the 77th FS 20th FG (7.33 victories). He was shot down by a ME-410 near Leipzig, Germany on 7 July 44 in P-38J s/n #43-28397 and was...


  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:03 AAM AAM ingest

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