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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D-6-RE 42-74626 was assigned to 56FG/62FS at Halesworth, UK on 11-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Malcolm Van Meter, was depatched with others from the Gruop to provide withdrawl support of B-17 formations attacking at Munster, Germany. 2LT Van Meter was forced to bale out of the aircraft about 30 miles west of The Hague, Holland when the aircraft ran out of fuel. He and the aircraft were lost in the sea. 1KIA MACR 1439.



  • 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...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron


  • Harry Coleman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to VIII Air Support Command.

  • Harry Coronios

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. 52 combat missions. Credited with 1 x kill and 1 x damaged. Killed on training mission while pilot of P-47D 42-8614. Entered a solid overcast over North Sea while training with 3 other P-47s. Reported missing and it...

  • Malcolm Meter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 11-Nov-43 as pilot of P-47D-6-RE 42-74626 when he was forced to bale out of his aircraft 30 miles west of The Hague, Holland. He had been despatched on a mission to escort B-17s attacking at Munster, Germany and his aircraft...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-177 BOMBER ESCORT

    11 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element is a force of 59 P-38 combined from 55FG and 20FG/79FS despatched to provide escort for the bomber formations attacking at Munster. ...


  • 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) Over Water (OW) North Sea 11 November 1943

Aircraft believed to have run out of fuel over the North Sea on return from bomber escort.


Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 19:14:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 13-Jul-2015. Made connections to PLace and Mission within existing website data; Added note to FTR event per MACR 1439; Added Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:03 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 1439 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database