Capt Eugene E Barnum Jr - 61FS, 56FG, 8AF.
Standing in front of P-47C 41-6232, 6233 or 6237 all of which were 61FS aircraft.
P-47C-RE 41-6232 was assigned to the 56FG/61FS at Halesworth, UK. On 3 Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Hiram O. Bevins, was struck by ground fire while the pilot was reportedly "flying on the deck" returning from a bomber escort mission. 1LT Bevins managed to crash-land the aircraft near Versailles, France but was captured as a Prisoner of War.
Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
On 3-Sep-43 in P-47C 41-6232 as pilot, 1Lt Hiram O Bevins aircraft was disabled by ground fire as he was returning from a bomber escort mission. He reportedly was flying "on the deck". He managed to crashland the aircraft near Versailles, France, but...
3 September 1943
160 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; and 353FG are despatched to escort the B-17 formations German airfields within their range in NW France. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR)-1POW and 2 are damaged. The fighters claim 4-1-0 of attacking German fighters.
Military site : airfield
Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...
|Failed to Return (FTR)
||3 September 1943
Shot down by ground fire, crash landed near Versailles, France.