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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47C-2-RE 41-6199 was assigned to the 56FG/63FS at Halesworth, UK. On 27-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Harry P. Dugas, was despatched to provide withdrawl support for B-17 formations retunring from attacking Emden, Germany. The aircraft was equipped with the new 108 gallon, paper, drop-tank. The first time this drop-tank had been used. The 63FS had been given the duty to actively engage any enemy fighters. His flight encountered German fighters near Juist Island and was shot down. 1KIA MACRs 666 & 747.



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    56th Fighter Group

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  • Harry Dugas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in P-47C 41-6199 while providing withdrawl support to B-17 formations that had attacked at Emden, Germany. His flight encountered German fighters as part of a seek-and-destroy operation and he was shot down with the...


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  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Juist, Germany 9 September 1943

Shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed into the sea near Juist Island, Germany.


Date Contributor Update
30 June 2015 17:12:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 30-Jun-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added loss notes and map location to FTR event per MACR 666. Created Biography based on "Losses of the 8ht & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 666 & 747 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database