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.
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...
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).
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...
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...
||18 October 1943
Ditched into the sea near Lens, France beacuse of mechanical failure of propeller.