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P-47 Thunderbolt

Shot down 15 March 1944 on an escort mission to Brunswick, with Pilot Lt John Kozey Jr - Prisoner of War (POW) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 3052.



  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • John Kozey

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    After being damaged by fighters on a bomber support mission to Brunswick, Germany on 15 Mar 1944, P-47D 42-22456 crashed near Quackenbruck after the pilot, Lt John Kozey Jr, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). Promoted to Major, John stayed in the Air...


  • 8th Air Force 259

    15 March 1944
    The industrial areas of the secondary target of Brunswick, Germany. A combined force of 344 heavy bombers from 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...


  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 15 March 1944


Date Contributor Update
28 September 2018 14:42:48 ED-BB Changes to description

Added MACR number to Biography

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2018 13:57:45 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations

MACR 3052

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:17 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 3052 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database