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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47C-2-RE 41-6207 was assigned to the 4FG/335FS at Debden, UK. On 7-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Aubrey C. Stanhope, was shot down near Hulst, Belgium while on a mission to escort B-17s attacking at Brussels, Belgium. 1LT Stanhope was able to bale out of the stricken aircraft and was captured as a POW. No MACR was issued documenting this loss.



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Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) 3980 Hulst, Belgium 7 September 1943

Shot down by enemy aircraft near Hulst, Belgium. Pilot POW.


Date Contributor Update
26 April 2016 12:35:01 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2015 21:52:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to person associations

Lee Cunningham 2-Jun-2015. Made connection to Aubrey C. Stanhope within existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2015 21:38:31 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 2-Jun-2015. NEW aircraft entry based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; cross indexed withNational Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.