P-47D 42-22532 was assigned to 355FG/358FS at Steeple Morden, UK. On 18-Oct-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Eugene W. Maben, Jr., was despatched with other 47s from the 355FG to provide escort to B-17s heading towards Duren, Germany. Weather prevented the fighters from making rendezvous with the bombers and both bomers and figters were recalled. The aircraft was last seen at about 15,000 feet in a spin, causes not determined. The aircraft crashed with 1LT Maben at Croix-lez-Rouveroy, France. 1KIA MACR 1050.
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
Killed in Action (KIA) on18-Oct-43 in P-47D 42-22532 [YF:N], 355FG/359FS. Aircraft last seen spinning at 15,000 feet near Mons, Belgium. Cause not determined, possibly anoxia. Aircraft crashed at Croix-lez-Rouveroy, Belgium. MACR 1050.
18 October 1943
This mission was composed of two fighter elements. The first element was a force of 33 P-38s from 55FG despatched to accompany bomber formations headed for Duren, Germany. Weather conditions prevented rendevous with the bomber stream and both 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...
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||7120 Croix-lez-Rouveroy, Belgium
||18 October 1943
Aircraft left formation and was last seen spinning, cause not determined. Aircraft crashed at Croix-lez-Rouveroy, Belgium.