P-47D-2-RA 42-22484 [YF:L] "Slugger" was assigned to the 355FG/358FS at Steeple Morden, UK. On 29-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Richard A. Peery, was despatched as a spare with other P-47s of 355FG to provide penetration support to bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. When the flight reached Holland it was attacked by German fighters. The aircraft sustained battle damage in the attack and 1LT Perry was forced to make a crash landing at Giessendam, Holland and he was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW). 1POW MACR 1285.
Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
On 29-Nov-43 2LT Richard A. Peery was piloting P-47D 42-22484 [YF:L] "Slugger", 355FG/358FS on a mission with other P-47 from 355FG on a mission to provide penetration support to bombers attacking at Breman, Germany. When the flight reached Holland it...
29 November 1943
This mission is composed of two fighter elements despatached to escort B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. The first element is a force of 38 P-38s (includes some from 20FG/77FS) from 55FG. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 5KIA 2POW. The...
Military site : airfield
Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...
|Failed to Return (FTR)
||Giessendam, 3371 Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Netherlands
||29 November 1943
Aircraft sustained battle damage in an attack by German fighters. Pilot made a crash landing near Giessendam, Holland.