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'LUCKY WRIGHT'S ESCAPE Lt "Lucky" Edwin Wright, just over 19 yrs. old, just returned from his 39th mission- over Munster. He got hit by flak but continued on his mission dropped his bombs, did a spot of strafing and retuned. When he got back he found a hole 8ins. in diameter through his 11ins. diam prop blade, caused by a direct hit from an ack ack shell. If the shell had deviated an inch and a half either side, his blade would have severed and he would have been brought down. This is the 6th. time that Wright has been hit by Flak and is now known as “Lucky Wright”. He has 5 and a half months of combat to his credit and 39 missions. He belongs to a Republic Thunderbolt Squadron commanded by Major J Sherwood. Roger LIFE'

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Lieutenant Edwin "Lucky" Wright witht the flak damaged engine of his P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 42-28794). Image stamped on reverse: 'Passed for publication 1 Nov 1944.' [stamp], '309014.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'LUCKY WRIGHT'S ESCAPE Lt "Lucky" Edwin Wright, just over 19 yrs. old, just returned from his 39th mission- over Munster. He got hit by flak but continued on his mission dropped his bombs, did a spot of strafing and retuned. When he got back he found a hole 8ins. in diameter through his 11ins. diam prop blade, caused by a direct hit from an ack ack shell. If the shell had deviated an inch and a half either side, his blade would have severed and he would have been brought down. This is the 6th. time that Wright has been hit by Flak and is now known as “Lucky Wright”. He has 5 and a half months of combat to his credit and 39 missions. He belongs to a Republic Thunderbolt Squadron commanded by Major J Sherwood. Roger LIFE'

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  • Edwin Wright

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Edwin Wright flew 88 missions in P-47 Thunderbolts over Europe during WWII. He left the Army in 1946 after the war and was again called up for the Korean Conflict in 1950. He retired from the US Air Force as a Major.

Aircraft

  • 42-28794

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 506FS, 404FG, 9AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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