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Old 4th July 2005, 17:42
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A 20th Fighter Group P-38 #42-67760 shot down by Egon Mayer

Hello everybody,
I'm looking for informations concerning the loss of a P-38J shot down by the ace Egon Mayer JG/2. The P-38's pilot was Neal Archer Jr. and killed in action the 14th january 1944 at La-Haye-le-Comte in Normandy. The serial of the P-38 was 42-67760 and used by 20th FG 79th FS.
Anybody have infos or the MACR#1855 concerning this loss and his pilot ?
How can I do to obtain infos about this US fighter pilot ?
I will be glad with yours helps.
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Loïc
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Old 4th July 2005, 21:22
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Re: A 20th Fighter Group P-38 #42-67760 shot down by Egon Mayer

You can order a copy of the MACR in question from this group.


http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/s.../44JanMACR.htm




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Old 5th July 2005, 22:17
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Re: A 20th Fighter Group P-38 #42-67760 shot down by Egon Mayer

Bonsoir Loic
Le 14 janvier 44 le 20th FG est en mission N°8 entre ROUEN et LE HAVRE
J'ai le rapport de mission figurant dans l'historique du 20th FG si cela vous
aide je pourrai vous le faire parvenir par courrier postal
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20th FG 77thFS KIA 13.06.44
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Old 6th July 2005, 19:06
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Re: A 20th Fighter Group P-38 #42-67760 shot down by Egon Mayer

Hi,

This was AFAIK the 13th loss to the 20th Fighter Group.

2Lt. Neal J. Archer jr, KIA

P38 42-67760

79 Fighter Squadron

14th January 1944

MACR number 1855

Other losses were -

7-1-43...79...42-67039...Capt. Herbert W. Cumming...KIA
7-11-43...Hq...42-67022...Maj. John C. Wilkins...KIA
25-11-43...a/c crashed Felstead...Pilot safe
29-11-43...77...42-67016...2Lt.John S. Hascall...KIA
30-11-43...77...42-67038...1Lt.Robert L. Thomas jr...KIA
1-12-43...77...42-66723...2Lt. Jack L. Gard...POW
31-12-43...Details of loss Unknown
4-1-44...79...42-67187...F/O. Joseph L. Hamilton...POW
4-1-44...77...42-67191...F/O. Henry M. Higginbotham...KIA
5-1-44...77...42-67186...F/O. Bennie R. Carbajal...KIA
5-1-44...55...42-67198...2Lt. Robert H. French...POW
5-1-44...55...42-67194...2Lt. Arthur T. Altman...KIA

There was another P38 loss from the Group on the 14th but I have so far no details.

Hope this helps fill in the story

Alex
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Old 6th July 2005, 19:42
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Re: A 20th Fighter Group P-38 #42-67760 shot down by Egon Mayer

According to Kent Miller's 2-volume set on 8th AAF fighter pilots, Archer made no claims. The text on his loss states "...hit by a Me 109 south of Rouen". This may be from the MACR.
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Old 6th July 2005, 22:31
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Re: A 20th Fighter Group P-38 #42-67760 shot down by Egon Mayer

Many thanks Ed, J-Paul, Alex and John

I'm glad
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Old 9th July 2005, 08:25
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Re: A 20th Fighter Group P-38 #42-67760 shot down by Egon Mayer

Archer, who hailed from Fort Benton, Montana, really didn't have a chance to score any victories, he had aborted on his first mission - 7 January, 1944 - and was on his second mission when he was killed.

---Update. In looking further into this I discovered Lt. Archer was actually on his third mission, having flown a complete mission on 4 January, then aborting on 7 January.

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