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41-6587

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47C-5-RE 41-6587 was assigned to the 4FG/334FS at Debden UK. On 3-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Ivan R. Moon, took off from Halesworth as a more forward location and was despatched with other fighters from 4FG to provide escort to B-17s attacking at Wilhelmshaven. The flight was attacked by German fighters at teh Dutch coast and 1LT Moon was shot down and Killed in Action (KIA) The aircraft crashed at Weiringen, Holland. 1KIA MACR 1049.

Service

Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

People

  • Douglas Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR via knight committee, service pilot training in US, Dallas Aviation school, ...

  • Ivan Moon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 3-Nov-43 as pilot of P-47C 41-6587 [QP:M], 4FG/334FS when his aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters over Holland while on a mission to escort B-17 bomber attacking at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The flight took...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-168 BOMBER ESCORT

    3 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element is a force of 45 P-38s from 55FG despatched to provide escort, to and from the target, of B-17 bomber formations attacking at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. There are NO losses and the...

Places

  • Halesworth

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) 1777 Wieringen, Netherlands 3 November 1943

Shot down by enemy fighters while escorting bombers attacking at Wilhelmagave, Germany. Crashed at Wieringen, Holland.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2015 21:03:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-Jul-2015. Added home station of A/C and take-pff from Halesworth UK to Description based on MACR 1049 and "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2015 20:36:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-Jul-2015. Added connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; add FTR note and map location per MACR 1049; Added Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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

MACR 1049 / MACR 4139 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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