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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D-1-RE 42-7907 was assigned to the 353FG/350FS at Metfield, UK. On 5-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Robert Newman, was despatched with otheres from the 353FG to proivde escort to B-17 formations of 3rd Bomb Division that were attacking at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. His aircraft was attacked by German fighters and he wass killed. The aircraft crashed at Wijer, Belgium. 1KIA MACR 1447.



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    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 350th Fighter Squadron


  • Robert Newman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 5-Nov-43 as pilot of P-47D 42-7907, 353FG/350FS while on a mission to escort B-17 bombers attacking at Gelsenkirchen, Germany when his aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed at Wijer, Belgium. 1KIA MACR 1447.


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    5 November 1943
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  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) 3850 Wijer, Belgium 5 November 1943

Shot down by enemy fighters and crashed at Wijer, Belgium.


Date Contributor Update
08 July 2015 23:39:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 8-Jul-2015. Made Connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added FTR event per MACR 1447; Added Description based on "Losses of the 9th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:06 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 1447 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database