German personnel inspect a crashed P-47D Thunderbolt (UN-O, serial number 42-74722) of the 56th Fighter Group, flown by First Lieutenant O'Connor, near Goesfeld, 11 November 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '11/11/43. 274722. 1/Lt. O'Connor near Goesfeld.' Handwritten but crossed out on reverse: '16216, 19/8/45, Hodges'.
German personnel inspect a crashed P-47D Thunderbolt (UN-O, serial number 42-74722) of the 56th Fighter Group, flown by First Lieutenant O'Connor, near Goesfeld, 11 November 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '11/11/43. O'Connor's P-47. Hans . Claimed by flak.'
P-47D-6-RE 42-74722 was assigned to 56FG/63FS at Halesworth, UK. On 11-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Wayne J O'Conner, was despatched with others from the 56FG to escort B-17 formations attacking at Munster, Germany. The aircraft was last see enetering a could bank over Coesfeld, Germany. 1KIA MACR 1440.
Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
Killed in Action (KIA) on 11-Nov-43 as pilot of P-47D 42-74722, 56FG/63FS while on a mission to escort B-17 bombers attacking at Munster, Germany. Aircraft was seen to entere a could bank over Coesfeld, Germany and never came out. The aircraft crashed...
11 November 1943
This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element is a force of 59 P-38 combined from 55FG and 20FG/79FS despatched to provide escort for the bomber formations attacking at Munster.
Military site : airfield
Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...
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||11 November 1943
Last seen entering a cloud bank over Coesfeld, Germany.