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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47C-2-RE 41-6240 [WZ:E] was assigned to the 78FG/84FS at Duxford, UK. On 18-Oct-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Frankin B. Resseguie, was despatched with other fighters from his group to provide escort to B-17 bombers planned to attack at Duren, Germany. Weather conditions caused the bombers anf fighter escort to be recalled. Apparently the aircraft sustained a propeller failure over the English Channel near St. Omer, France and 2LT Resseguie ditched the aircraft into the sea. He was rescued by ASR. 1RTD MACR 889.



  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron


  • Franklin Resseguie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    On 18 Oct 43 in P-47C 41-6240 [WZ:E], 78FG/84FS 2LT Franklin B. Resseguie was forced to abandond the aircraft due to mechanical failure while on a mission to escort bombers headed for Duren, Germany. He was rescued by ASR and Returned to Duty (RTD).


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-162 BOMBER ESCORT

    18 October 1943
    This mission was composed of two fighter elements. The first element was a force of 33 P-38s from 55FG despatched to accompany bomber formations headed for Duren, Germany. Weather conditions prevented rendevous with the bomber stream and both the...


  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Ditched English Channel 18 October 1943

Ditched into the sea near Lens, France beacuse of mechanical failure of propeller.


Date Contributor Update
07 July 2015 19:20:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 7-Jul-2015. Added Markings and crafted Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE . Added FTR event per MACR 889.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 889 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database