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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47C-RE 41-6232 was assigned to the 56FG/61FS at Halesworth, UK. On 3 Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Hiram O. Bevins, was struck by ground fire while the pilot was reportedly "flying on the deck" returning from a bomber escort mission. 1LT Bevins managed to crash-land the aircraft near Versailles, France but was captured as a Prisoner of War.



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    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...


  • Hiram Bevins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    On 3-Sep-43 in P-47C 41-6232 as pilot, 1Lt Hiram O Bevins aircraft was disabled by ground fire as he was returning from a bomber escort mission. He reportedly was flying "on the deck". He managed to crashland the aircraft near Versailles, France, but...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-121 BOMBER ESCORT

    3 September 1943
    160 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; and 353FG are despatched to escort the B-17 formations German airfields within their range in NW France. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR)-1POW and 2 are damaged. The fighters claim 4-1-0 of attacking German fighters.


  • 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) Versailles, France 3 September 1943

Shot down by ground fire, crash landed near Versailles, France.


Date Contributor Update
30 May 2015 00:22:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 29-May-2015. Added FTR event per MACR 472; crafted Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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

MACR 472 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database