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42-22490

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D-2-RA 42-22490 [OS:U] "Beetle" was assigned to the 355FG/358FS at Steeple Morden, UK. On 7-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT William E. Roach, was despatched with others from 355FG to provide escort to b-26 bombers of the 9th Air Force that were attacking German airfields at Montdidier and Meulan, France. On the return his flight ran into headwinds of over 100mph which caused excessive fuel consumption. His aircraft ran out of fuel and he made a forced landing at the German airfield at Caen, France and was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

Units

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    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

People

  • William Roach

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    On 7-Nov-43 as the pilot of P-47D 42-22490 [OS:U] "Beetle", 355FG/358FS he was despatched with other P-47s form the 355FG to provide escort to B-26 bombers of 9th Air Force attacking German airfields at Montdidier and Meulan, France. On the return the...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-173 BOMBER ESCORT

    7 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element if a force of 54 P-38s from 55FG despatched to provide escort for B-26 bombers from 9th Air Force attacking German airfields at Montdidier and Meulan, France. The force included 8 P...

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Forced Landing Caen, France 7 November 1943

Ran out of fuel and made a forced landing at the German airfield at Caen, France and was captured.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2015 22:46:02 Tanks Changes to description
Sources

Corrected spelling mistakes

Date Contributor Update
10 July 2015 20:30:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Jul-2015. Added Nickname, Markings and Description based on the "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added FTR event per MACR 1283.

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

MACR 1281 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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