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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D-2-RE 42-8395 [YJ:S] "Cookie" was asssigned to the 353FS/351FS at Metfield, UK. On 25-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by LTC Loren G. McCollum (Commanding Officer 353FG), was despatched with other P-47s from the 353FG to attack the German airfield of Ft. Rouge at St. Omer, France. This was the first such operation flown by VIII Fighter Cammand. The aircraft took a direct hit from flak and burst into flames, but LTC McCollum managed to crash land it and he was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW) 1POW MACR 1445.



  • 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...

  • Headquarters (353rd Fighter Group)


  • Shannon Christian

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ, 67FW, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Loren McCollom

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer, Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Liutenant Colonel (LTC) Loren G. McCollom served as the Commanding Officer of the 353rd Fighter Squadron at Metifield UK from 18-Aug-43 to 25-Nov-43. ...



    25 November 1943
    This mission is the first time that P-47s have been used as purely fighther/bomber attacks on a ground target. 276 P-47s from 56FG; 78FG; 352FG; 353FG; and 356FG are used in the operation. Those from 56FG and 353FG actually attack the German airfield...


  • 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) Lumbres, France 25 November 1943

Sustained a direct hit from flak during fighter/bomber attack on the German airfield of Ft. Rouge at St. Omer, France. Crashed near Lumbres, France.


Date Contributor Update
15 July 2015 22:49:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 15-Jul-2015. Added Nickname , Markings and Desscription based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added FTR event per MACR 1445, Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data.

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

MACR 1446 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database