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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D 42-22532 was assigned to 355FG/358FS at Steeple Morden, UK. On 18-Oct-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Eugene W. Maben, Jr., was despatched with other 47s from the 355FG to provide escort to B-17s heading towards Duren, Germany. Weather prevented the fighters from making rendezvous with the bombers and both bomers and figters were recalled. The aircraft was last seen at about 15,000 feet in a spin, causes not determined. The aircraft crashed with 1LT Maben at Croix-lez-Rouveroy, France. 1KIA MACR 1050.



  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 358th Fighter Squadron


  • Eugene Maben

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on18-Oct-43 in P-47D #42-22532 [YF:N], 355FG/359FS. Aircraft last seen spinning at 15,000 feet near Mons, Belgium. Cause not determined, possibly anoxia. Aircraft crashed at Croix-lez-Rouveroy, Belgium. MACR 1050.


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-162 BOMBER ESCORT

    18 October 1943
    This mission was composed of two fighter elements. The first element was a force of 33 P-38s from 55FG despatched to accompany bomber formations headed for Duren, Germany. Weather conditions prevented rendevous with the bomber stream and both the...


  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) 7120 Croix-lez-Rouveroy, Belgium 18 October 1943

Aircraft left formation and was last seen spinning, cause not determined. Aircraft crashed at Croix-lez-Rouveroy, Belgium.


Date Contributor Update
07 July 2015 20:12:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 7-jul-2015. Added connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added note to FTR event and Map location per MACR 1050; Added Description base on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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

MACR 1050 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database