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P-47 Thunderbolt

Shot down in air combat with German Fw190 fighters of JG 2 on 16 August 1943.



  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • Headquarters (353rd Fighter Group)


  • Joseph Morris

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer | 353rd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) during air combat in P-47D (42-7990), last seen in pursuit of Fw190 northwest of Paris on 16 August 1943. ...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-105 BOMBER ESCORT

    16 August 1943
    A combined force of 180 P-47s (all with belly tanks) are despatched from : 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; and 353FG to escort VIII Bomber Command mission #83 attacking German airfields in France at Paris (Le Bourget), Poix and Abbeville. 3 aircraft Failed to Return ...


  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...


Event Location Date
Failed To Return (FTR) Elbeuf, France 16 August 1943

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Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 11:22:37 Rainer Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations