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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D-2-RE 42-7995 was asssigned to the 353FG/352FS at Metfield, UK On 23-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT George S. Dietz, was despatched on a mission to escort B-17s attacking at Nantes, France. The flight encountered German fighters just northwest of Nantes and was shot down killing the pilot. 1KIA MACR 757.

Correction: Note the aircraft shown is SX-Y (42-76195) "Scotty Bill" assigned to Lt Bill Streit and not SX-X (42-7995) that Dietz was lost in.



  • 353rd Fighter Group

    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...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron


  • George Dietz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 23-Sep-43 in P47-D 42-7995, 353FG/352FS while on a mission to escort bombers attacking the port area of Nantes, France. His fighter flight encountered German fighters NW of Nantes and in the ensuing battle he was shot down by...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-140 BOMBER ESCORT

    23 September 1943
    A combined force of 140 P-47s from 4FG; 56FG; 78FG and 353FG are despatched to escort the B-17s of VIII Bomber Command mission 100. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 1KIA and 2 were damaged. The fighters claimed 4-0-1 of attacking German fighters.


  • 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) Nantes, France 23 September 1943

Shot down by enemy fighters near Nantes, France


Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 16:06:40 ------- Changes to description

353rd FG Records and friendship with Bill Streit

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2015 20:47:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 28-Jun-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission wihtin existing website data; Added Description based on 'Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE. Edited FTR event per MACR 757.

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

MACR 757 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database