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42-7908

P-47 Thunderbolt

Destroyed in crash landing at Thrift Farm, Herongate, Essex while returning from bomber escort mission on 14 Oct 1943. Pilot Lt. Robert C. Peters killed.

Service

Units

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    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...

  • 350th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Robert Peters

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Killed in P47#42-7908. One of 50 P47s that left Metfield and led by Major Glenn Duncan to meet up with bombers midchannel. Lt. Peters was killed in a crash landing at Thrift Farm, Herongate, Essex on return.

  • William Tanner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group

Missions

  • 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 ...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-156

    14 October 1943
    A combined force of 196 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 352FG; and 353FG is despatched to provide escoprt to bombers attacking at Schweinfurt, Germany. 78FG and 355FG were unable to participate due to weather. 4FG was unable to rendevous with the bomber stream...

Places

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Metfield, UK 16 August 1943

Damaged in taxiing accident, pilot William F. Tanner. Aircraft repaired and returned to service.

Crashed Herongate, Essex 14 October 1943

Destroyed in crash landing at Thrift Farm, Herongate, Essex while returning from bomber escort mission. Pilot Lt. Robert C. Peters killed.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 12:06:31 Rainer Changes to events
Sources

aviationarchaeology.com

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 11:55:13 Rainer Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

littlefriends.co.uk

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