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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Trier area with 2Lt William H Bush; shot down by flak strafing a road convoy, crashed Prum, Germany 25-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11424

Capt Francis P Mc Intire witnessed:

"Lt Bush was flying as Red 3 on an armed reconnaissance in the Trier area on 25th December. We spotted a large M/T convoy in the middle of the town of Prum and Lt Bush and I went down to strafe it. There was intense 20mm flak in the area. When I pulled up off the target, I looked for Lt Bush but could not find him. I went back to Prum and saw his ship burning on the top of a hill just south of the town. I believe it was impossible for Lt Bush to have gotten out of the crash."

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 356th Fighter Squadron

People

  • William Bush

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    Assigned 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR), shot down by flak strafing a road convoy, crashed Prum, Germany 25-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11424 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH

Places

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, Long Island, NY 1944

Built at Republic.

Assigned Rosieres, France 1944 – 25 December 1944
Crashed Prum, Germany 25 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Trier area; shot down by flak strafing a road convoy, crashed Prum, Germany 25-Dec-44 Lt Bush KIA MACR 11424

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2020 14:15:58 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46698963

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11424 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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