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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D #42-22530 was hit by Flak on a low-level sweep in the Wizernes V-weapons area on 11 March 1944. Pilot Harold S. Riley Jr was Killed In Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 5013.



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  • Harold Riley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Lt Harold Riley’s P-47 Thunderbolt #42-22530 was hit by Flak while approaching the airfield of Montdidier in a low-level sweep in the Wizernes V-weapons area on 11 March 1944. His plane had been last sighted above Oisemont, 40km NW of Amiens, France....


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    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Broscocourt, France 11 March 1944

Flak, crashed near Boscrocourt, France


Date Contributor Update
13 July 2020 14:23:32 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations

Harold Riley's page at

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

MACR 5013 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database