1/Lt. Frederick L. Sturgess

(Robert M. Littlefield)

1/Lt. Frederick L. Sturgess

38th FS - 29 September 1944 - 02 November 1944 (Prisoner of War)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CG-I 44-14737 "Six Gun Pete" (F. Birtciel)

Mission History

10 missions

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
262 02 November 1944 Merseburg
Air Scores
Ground Scores

ASN - O-681736
29 September 1944 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
02 November 1944 - Prisoner of War
MACR No. 10238

1/Lt. Clifford C. Gould reported: "I led Program Blue Flight on a bounce of six Me-109s.  I started to turn with two of them.  I looked back to clear my tail and Lt. Sturgess was still with me.  This was after about twenty seconds of combat.  The next time I cleared my tail I saw two 109s firing at me and Lt. Sturgess was not there.  I never received a call on the radio from Sturgess."

Lt. Sturgess was taken prisoner and eventually sent to Stalag Luft III, Sagan.  The plane he went down in was named, "Six Gun Pete", which was Arthur Thorsen's plane.  He was officially reported at a POW on Jan. 15, 1945.

Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble


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