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P-47D-5-RE 42-8492 of 359th Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group coded OC-A and named "The Falcon" of Lt. William W "Wally" Cotter.



  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 359th Fighter Squadron


  • William Cotter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in aircraft accident at Martlesham Heath in P-47D 42-76211. Killed in Training Accident (KITA) 22-Feb-44. Awards: PH.



  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


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27 January 2015 16:03:00 Pyker Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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