2Lt. Warner Harrison Marsh, Jr. had recently arrived from the U.S., joining the 379th Fighter Squadron, 362nd Fighter Group. On November 5th, 1944, he was piloting a Republic P-47D-28-RA Thunderbolt (#42-28463) on an escort mission for a flight of Douglas A-20 Havoc light bombers. Their target was an ammunition dump just northeast of Homburg, Germany.
From the history of the 362nd Fighter Group (Mogin's Maulers!): "Three squadrons provided escort for A-20's to Homburg. It was during the escort mission of the 379th Fighter Squadron that afternoon that we lost two pilots in a mid-air collision - 2Lt. W.H. Marsh and D.H. Wilson. Marsh was a newcomer with only a few hours of combat to his credit. Wilson had been with the group for several moves (England, Lignerolles, Rennes, Prosnes, Rouvres, France). The death of these two boys not only wrecked the spirits of their close friends in the 379th for weeks, but was a blow to many in the Group who had been fortunate enough to make their acquaintance".
In March 2015, a piece of metal was found in woods near Bechhold, Germany that was identified as part of a P-47. This may be a part of Lt. Marsh's airplane. His plane, as well as Wilson's, exploded in the collision and are said to have impacted somewhere between Eichelscheider Hof and Bechhold, Germany. Wilson was listed as K.I.A. while Marsh was listed as M.I.A. and presumed to have died while missing.
Marsh's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at Lorraine American Cemetery.
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The Group trained in P-47s and moved to England in November 1943. Arriving earlier than many other Ninth Air Force fighter groups, the pilots main occupation was escort work for heavy bombers. The Group's first mission on 8 February 1944 was one...
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