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42-8383

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D-2-RE 42-8383 was assigned to the 353FG/352FS at Metfield, UK. The aircraft was piloted by 2LT Robert T. Murden and was involved in a mid-air collision with P-47D 42-7999 at 30,000 feet nine miles north of Amiens, France while on a mission to escort a formation of B-17s attacking the German airfield at Amiens/Glisy, France. He managed to bale out safely but was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 475.

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...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Robert Murden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Pilot of P-47D 42-8383 353FG/352FS on 31-Aug-43 when the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with P-47D 42-7999 353FG/352FS at 30,000 feet nine miles norht of Amiens, France while on a mission to escort a formation of B...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-119 BOMBER ESCORT

    31 August 1943
    160 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG and 353FG are despatched to escort the B-17 formations bombing the German airflied at Amiens/Glisy, France. 2 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 1KIA 1POW. The aircraft collided with eachother at 30,000 feet nine miles...

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) Amiens, France 31 August 1943

Sustained a mid-air collision with P-47D 42-7999 353FG/352FS and crashed nine miles norht of Amiens, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2015 22:52:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-May-2015. Added Description based on MACR 475 and "Losses of the 9th & 9th Air Forces" , Stan Bishop & John A, Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 475 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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