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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47C 41-6405 4FG/334FS crashed into the sea while on a fighter sweep in the Knocke-Blankenberge area of Belgium. Cause unknown as no MACR was issued. Pilot MIA.



  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

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  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

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  • Robert Boock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
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  • VIII Fighter Command FO - 23 FIGHTER SWEEPS

    18 May 1943
    A combined force of 100 P-47s are despatched on fighter sweeps of the Knokke/Blankenberge/Nieuport area. A German fighter patrol is encountered. 1 P-47 is MIA. 4th FG claims 2-0-0 on the Luftwaffe, but only 1 kill is officially credited.


  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Blankenberge, Belgium 18 May 1943

Crashed into the sea between Knocke and Blankenberge, Belgium. Cause not know as no MACR was issued.


Date Contributor Update
15 March 2015 17:11:34 apollo11 Changes to nicknames and markings

Personal research & 'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th fighter Group' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2015 18:48:20 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2015. New entry based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE. Also American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; and "littlefriends,uk" fighter website of Peter Randall.