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.
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
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...
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.
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...
|Failed to Return (FTR)
||23 September 1943
Shot down by enemy fighters near Nantes, France