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42-75392

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Robert J Messenger. Transferred to 377FS, 362FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from strafing mission, hit trees strafing armed vehicles on edge of woods. With a dead engine pilot Lt Robert E Daws Jr bellied in successfully nr Benonchamps, Luxembourg a mile from US lines. Later declared KIA, may have been executed by SS troops in area. 30-Dec-44.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 362nd Fighter Group

    362nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group trained in P-47s and moved to England in November 1943. Arriving earlier than many other Ninth Air Force fighter groups, the pilots main occupation was escort work for heavy bombers. The Group's first mission on 8 February 1944 was one...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • 377th Fighter Squadron
  • 9th Air Force

People

  • Robert Daw

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 362nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 377FS, 362FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from strafing mission, hit trees strafing armed vehicles on edge of woods. With a dead engine Lt Daws Jr bellied in successfully nr Benonchamps, Luxembourg unharmed a mile from US lines. Later...

  • Robert Messenger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Crashed for unknown reasons possible W of Gardelegen on an escort to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in P-51B 43-6630. Prisoner of War (POW).

Places

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Lashenden

    Military site : airfield
    Close to but completely separate from RAF Headcorn, Lashenden was built for the RAF during 1942-43 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), initially as a light bomber base and then as a training base for mobile fighter squadrons. Enlarged and improved for...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Benonchamps, 6600 Bastogne, Belgium 30 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR), strafing mission, hit trees strafing armed vehicles on edge of woods. With a dead engine pilot Lt Robert E Daws Jr bellied in successfully nr Benonchamps, Luxembourg a mile from US lines. Later declared KIA, may have been executed by SS troops in area. 30-Dec-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2016 10:54:22 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=75392&Submit=Search
https://obscureco.wordpress.com/2011/12/

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2016 10:53:45 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=75392&Submit=Search
https://obscureco.wordpress.com/2011/12/

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

MACR 11547 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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