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.
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...
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,...
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.
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...
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||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.