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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D-2-RA 42-22531 was assigned to the 352FG/328FS at Bodney, UK On 14-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT William H. Alm, crashed into the English Channel upon return from a fighter sweep of the Knokke/Calaise area. Cause not determined. Possibly a mechanical malfunction or anoxia. 1KIA MACR 562



  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 328th Fighter Squadron


  • William Alm

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in P-47D 42-22531 352FG/328FS. The aircraft either had mechanical failure or the pilot was suffering from Anoxia and crashed into the English Channel 50 miles east of the Blackwater Estuary, UK. 1 KIA MACR 562.


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-130 FIGHTER SWEEP

    14 September 1943
    A force of 126 P-47s from: 4FG, 56FG, 352FG, and 355FG are despatched on a fighter sweep over dunkirk and the Dutch Islands. 1 aircraft is damaged on take-off, hitting a tree. Pilot makes wheels up landing in a field and is OK. Aircraft repaired.


  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Blackwater Estuary National Nature Reserve, Essex, UK 14 September 1943

Aircraft crashed into the English Channel 50 miles east of Blackwater Esutary, UK. Case not determined.


Date Contributor Update
06 June 2015 22:45:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 6-Jun-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission wihtin existing website data: Added FTR event notes and crafted Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey, also ref. MACR 562.

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

MACR 562 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database