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P-47 Thunderbolt

Lost on 19 May 1944 on an escort mission of B-24s to Brunswick, Germany. Pilot : 1st Lt James K. Johnson (POW)



  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 361st Fighter Squadron


  • James Johnson

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Lt James K. Johnson was flying on P-47D Serial #42-75505 in an escort mission for B-24s targeting aerial industry installations in Brunswick, Germany. His aircraft was last sighted above the Steinhuder Meer, about 90km NW of Brunswick. Heading back to...



  • Martlesham Heath

    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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Deurningen, The Netherlands 19 May 1944

Shot down by Flak. Crashed 6/700m North of the base of Twente [a Luftwaffe airfield, now the Enschede Airport Twente] near the road from Hengelo to Oldenzaal, close to Deurningen, Overijssel province, The Netherlands.


Date Contributor Update
01 September 2015 11:20:22 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations

MACR 4994

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:04 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 4994 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database