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42-7989

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D-2-RE 42-7989 was assigned 353FG/350FS at Metfileld, UK, On 22-Oct-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Walter B. Stone, was despatched with others of the 353FG to provide escort to b-26 bombers from 9th Air Force. The aircraft was last seen entering a could formation at 16,000 feet. It is suspected that is may have been envolved in a mid-air collision. The aircraft, with pilot, crashed near St. Omer, Fran. 1 KIA MACR 1041.

Service

Units

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    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

People

  • Walter Stone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    16 APR 2019 - update -Previously listed on the Tablets of the Missing in Ardennes American Cemetery & Memorial, Belgium. His remains have been 100% identified in 2019. He will be laid to rest on 11 MAY 2019 in him home town of Andalusia, Alabama,...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-165 BOMBER ESCORT

    22 October 1943
    This mission was composed of two fighter elements. The first element was a force of 45 P-38s from 55FG despatched to provide escort to B-26s of 9th Air Force. 1 aircraft was damaged. There are no losses or claims. ...

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Saint-Omer, France 22 October 1943

Last seen entering a cloud formation at 16,000 feet. It is suspected that this loss may have been due to a mid-air collision. Aircraft crashed near St. Omer, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2015 20:57:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Jul-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added note to FTR event per MACR 1041. 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 1041 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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