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42-8644

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return [FTR] from Rodeo to Ostend. Put aircraft down in the North Sea off Ostend, Pilot William Brewster Morgan captured by the Germans. Hospitalized in Brussels for weeks before being sent to POW camp. 21-May-43. POW.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • William Morgan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, ...

Places

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed North Sea off Ostend, Belgium 21 May 1943

Failed to Return [FTR] from Rodeo to Ostend. Put aircraft down in the North Sea off Ostend, Pilot William Brewster Morgan captured by the Germans. Hospitalized in Brussels for weeks before being sent to POW camp. 21-May-43. POW.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2016 13:27:47 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-8644&Submit=Se...
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_mo...

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2015 20:29:15 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames and person associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank E. Speer.

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