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George S Dietz

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) on 23-Sep-43 in P47-D 42-7995, 353FG/352FS while on a mission to escort bombers attacking the port area of Nantes, France. His fighter flight encountered German fighters NW of Nantes and in the ensuing battle he was shot down by Feldwedle Ernst Henning flying a FW-190 from JG 2/1. The P-47 impacted the ground near Carentoir, France. Lt. Dietz was recovered and is interred in the Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in France, where he lies in Plot L, Row 11, Grave 9.

Service

Units served with

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    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...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-7995

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-2-RE 42-7995 was asssigned to the 353FG/352FS at Metfield, UK On 23-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT George S. Dietz, was despatched on a mission to escort B-17s attacking at Nantes, France. The flight encountered German fighters just...

  • BL898

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL898 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-140 BOMBER ESCORT

    23 September 1943
    A combined force of 140 P-47s from 4FG; 56FG; 78FG and 353FG are despatched to escort the B-17s of VIII Bomber Command mission 100. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 1KIA and 2 were damaged. The fighters claimed 4-0-1 of attacking German fighters.

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 24 December 1919

Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pensylvania

Killed in Action (KIA) Nantes, France 23 September 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by German fighters 15 miles NNW of Nantes, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 14:57:12 millebr Changes to biography and events
Sources

MACR 757; TogetherWeServed.com

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2015 20:54:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Jun-2015. Made Connections to Place and Mission wihtin existing website data; Added loss detail to description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A, Hey MBE. FTR event per MACR 757.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 757 / MACR 757, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 289 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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