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42-7934

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D-1-RE 42-7937 was assigned to 56FG/63FS at Halesworth. On 2-Sep-43 with 2LT Walter T. Hannigan as pilot the flight was attacked by German fighter over Amerntierres, France while escorting bombers. The aircraft was shot down and crashed near Selles, east of Boulogne, France. 1 KIA MACR 467

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...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Walter Hannigan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 2-Sep-43 as pilot of P-47C 42-7934 56FG/63FS when his flight of fighters escorting bombers was attacked by German fighters and shot down. His aircraft crashed at Selles, east of Boulogne, France. 1 KIA MACR 467.

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-120 BOMBER ESCORT

    2 September 1943
    A combined force of 182 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; and 353FG are despatched to escort the B-17 bomber formations that are sent to attck German airfields in NW France. Because the weather hampers boming efforts and most of the formations abort, the...

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) Boulogne-sur-Mer, France 2 September 1943

Attacked by German fighters over Armentierre, France and crashed at Selles, east of Boulogne, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 23:30:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-May-2015. Added Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Satn Bishop & John A. Hey MBE. and MACR 467.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 23:23:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-May-2015. Added connections to Place and Mission wihtin existing website data; added FTR event per MACR 467; Added Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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

MACR 467 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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