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P-47 Thunderbolt

On 8-Oct-43 P-47C 41-6268, 56FG/63FS piloted by, 2LT Dover C. Fleming Jr., was shot down over Holland while escorting B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany. The aircraft crashed into the Ijsselmer near Amsterdam, Holland. 1KIA MACR 939.



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  • Dover Fleming

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8-Oct-43 in P-47C 41-6268, 56FG/63FS while on a mission to escort B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters and crashed into the Zuider Zee (Ijsselmeer) near Amsterdam, Holland.


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Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) IJsselmeer, Netherlands 8 October 1943

Soth down by enemy fighters while on a mission to escort bombers attacking ad Bremen, Germany. Crashed into the Ijsselmer near Amsterdam.


Date Contributor Update
03 July 2015 19:31:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 3-Jul-2015. Made Connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Adder FRR event per MACR 939; Added 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 939 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database