P-47D-6-RE Thunderbolt #42-74638 was piloted by Charley J. Garvey Jr on the bomber escort mission to Frankfurt, Germany on 20 March 1944. He had to belly-land his Mustang in a field 2km West of Loksbergen, 4km NE of Kortenaken, Limburg Province, Belgium. Managed to evade until captured, trapped like many others in a false escape line. Evaded (EVD)-Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 3395.
The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
Charley J. Garvey Jr was a Pilot in the 356th Fighter Group/360th Fighter Squadron. On the 20 March 1944 bomber escort mission to Frankfurt, Germany, he and another wingman were seen to leave formation, probably to sweep down on some target near the...
20 March 1944
A force of 594 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despatched to escort heavy bombers attacking at Frankfurt and Mannheim, Germany. Dispatch summary follows:
Military site : airfield
Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...
|Failed to Return (FTR)
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forced-landing 2km West of Loksbergen, Belgium