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110 P-47s from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG are despatched on fighter sweeps over France in the Knokke/Courtrai/Dunkirk area. 1 P-47 is MIA but due to a mechanical failure in oxygen system. Pilot killed.
1. KNOKKE / COURTRAI / DUNKIRK
Fighter sweep over Knokke/Courtrai/Dunkirk area. One P-47 of 56th Fighter Group rolled over in a vertical dive and crashed into the ground. Cause thought to be anoxia of the pilot.
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