P-47D-1-RE 42-7944 [WR:P] "Speed / Lil Jo", was assigned to 355FG/354FS at Steeple Morden, UK. On 13 November 1943, the aircraft, piloted by LTC Thomas H. Hubbard, Group Headquarters, took off from Bungay and was despatched with other P-47s from the 355FG to provide escort to B-17 bombers returning from a raid on Bremen, Germany. Flying over The Netherlands, the aircraft's engine dropped forward in its frame. With his aircraft off balance and the gas and oil lines broken, pilot Hubbard got away from the bombers and bailed out at 25,000ft over Bergentheim, the Netherlands. He came down in his parachute near Scibulo,
6 km SE of Mariënberg, Overijssel, while his P-47 crashed near Laarbrug, between Vlisteren and Ommen, Overijssel, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1449. For the full story of Col. Hubbard's evasion, see http://www.evasioncomete.org/fhubbarth.html
Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...
Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer, Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
Thomas Hubbard attended the Ryan School of Aeronautics in San Diego, CA in 1937. He graduated, gaining a pilot’s license as well as an airplane and engine mechanics one in May 1938. After enlisting in the Air Corps at San Diego, CA on 25 June 1938, he...
13 November 1943
This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element is a force of 45 P-38s from 55FG despatched to escort the B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 4KIA 3POW. 2 are Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR)...
Military site : airfield
From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...
Military site : airfield
Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...
|Failed to Return (FTR)
||7731 Ommen, Netherlands
||13 November 1943
Aircraft's engine dropped forward in its frame. With his P-47 off balance and the gas and oil lines broken, pilot Hubbard got away from the bombers and bailed out at 25,000ft over Bergentheim, the Netherlands. He came down in his parachute near Scibulo,
6 km SE of Mariënberg, Overijssel, and managed to evade capture. His P-47 crashed near Laarbrug, between Vlisteren and Ommen, Overijssel, The Netherlands.