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
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 | 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...
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...
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...
|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.