Skip to main content
Edit entry 

42-75216

P-47 Thunderbolt

Encountered mechanical failure on an escort and support mission for bombers on a mission to Soligen, Germany, 30 November 1943. The pilot, Lt William D. Grosvenor managed to regain control of his P-47 and strafed a train above Puurs, Belgium. Flying very low, the plane hit a telegraph pole and crashed in an orchard after Grosvenor managed to bail out at only 150m above ground. Pilot safe, managed to evade during seven months with the help of Belgian citizens and underground members (the COMET evasion network). Arrested in a trap on 20 June 1944 and imprisoned in Brussels, he had the luck to escape from the "Ghost Train" on 3 September 1944. See his evasion story at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fgrosvewd.html

The aircraft was named for the pilot's fiancée in the States

Service

Units

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    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...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron

People

  • William Grosvenor

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Note : The 1930 US Census for Colfax, Jasper County, Iowa has him as Billie D. Grosvenor, the 1940 one as Billy D... ...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-193

    30 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements despatched to provide escort to B-17 bomber formations attackin at Bremen, Germany. The frist element is a combined force of 20 P38s from 55FG (including some from 20FG). 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR...

Places

  • Halesworth

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Mariakerke, near Puurs, Belgium 30 November 1943

due to mechanical failure before hitting a telegraph pole while strafing a German train above Puurs, Belgium. Crashed in an orchard in Mariakerke.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2017 16:28:39 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Research for pilot William D. Grosvenor's page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fgrosvewd.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 3441 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share