Capt. Wesley M. Tibbetts


(The Krukewitt family archives. www.Krukewitt.com)

Capt. Wesley M. Tibbetts

338th FS - September 1942 - 24 February 1944 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38J CL- 42-67752

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List

55th FG Mission #

Date Target
n/a 16 October 1943 Practice Sweep/Escort over Gunnery Range
02 16 October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands
03 17 October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands
05 19 October 1943 Sweep - Ameins area
06 20 October 1943 Duren
07 22 October 1943 Cambrai
08 24 October 1943 St. Andre L'Eure
09 03 November 1943 Wilhelmshaven
11 07 November 1943 Sweep - Ostend-St. Omer Area
13 10 November 1943 Montdidier Airdrome (Red Leader)
14 11 November 1943 Munster (Red Leader)
15 13 November 1943 Bremen (Spotter)
16 25 November 1943 Sweep - Lille Area (Red Leader)
17 26 November 1943 Bremen (Red Leader - returned early due to Oil Cooler failure - landed at Knettishall)
18 29 November 1943 Bremen (Yellow 3)
28 30 November 1943 Ludwigshaven (White/Squadron Leader)
31

05 January 1944

Kiel
35 21 January 1944 Cherbourg (returned early due to oxygen shortage)
44 08 February 1944 Frankfurt (returned early due to left engine being rough)
46 11 February 1944 Frankfurt (returned early due to 'Gunsight Out')
51 24 February 1944 Gotha (MIA)
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes Born 26th October 1916
Known as 'Wes'
Entered service from Homer, Illinois.
ASN - O-659496
20 November 1943 - Awarded the Air Medal
20 December 1943 - Awarded 1st Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal (Presented by Col. Woodbury, CO, 66th FW)
01 January 1944 - Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
17 January 1944 - Awarded 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
05 February 1944 - Awarded 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
23 February 1944 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
24 February 1944 - Capt. Tibbetts was killed by enemy fighters near Gotha, Germany.
MACR No. 02682
Capt. Tibbetts is now buried in GAR Cemetery, Homer, Illinois.

Crew - S/Sgt. Walter P. Konopacki, T/Sgt. Phillip H. Dwyer

Awards
Memories 1/Lt. William H. Burns reported: "I flew to the target (Gotha, Germany) leading the second element of the flight of Captain Tibbetts.  I had my head down and locked, and lost sight of him in the first engagement.  We were driving south of the target.  This is the last I saw of Capt. Tibbetts.  I have no idea of what happened to him."
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

A profile of Wes Tibbetts - By Chet Patterson (Reproduced from the 55th Fighter Group and 442nd Air Service Group Association Newsmagazine, December, 1988, Volume One, Issue Nine)

Additional Photographs Lt. Tibbetts in his hometown of Homer, Il (The Krukewitt family archives. www.Krukewitt.com)

Lt. Tibbets with his family at home in Homer, Il (The Krukewitt family archives. www.Krukewitt.com)

Lt. Tibbetts (The Krukewitt family archives. www.Krukewitt.com)

(L-R) Dwyer, Capt. Tibbets and Kanopaki

Photograph of Capt. Tibbetts' crash site in Germany (Bjoern Muller via The Krukewitt family archives)

Photograph of Capt. Tibbetts' crash site in Germany (Bjoern Muller via The Krukewitt family archives)

Photograph of Capt. Tibbetts' crash site in Germany (Bjoern Muller via The Krukewitt family archives)

Newspaper Clipping of Capt. Tibbetts MIA (The Krukewitt family archives. www.Krukewitt.com)
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