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P-47 Thunderbolt

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.



  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 358th Fighter Squadron


  • Richard Peery

    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...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-192

    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...


  • Steeple Morden

    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...


Event Location Date
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.


Date Contributor Update
19 July 2015 17:45:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 19-Jul-2015. Added Radio Call Letters and Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added FTR event per MACR 1285.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:17 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 1285 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database