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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47 42-75553 was on a bomber escort mission to Frankfurt, Germany on 20 March 1944. Shot down strafing airfield after mission had to be abandoned due to bad weather, hit by return fire. Pilot Dewitt T. Bell Killed In Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 3398.



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    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
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Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Machelen, Belgium 20 March 1944

crashed 500m South of Machelen, 9km NW of Brussels, Belgium


Date Contributor Update
12 September 2020 06:47:29 ED-BB Changes to description

MACR 3398

Date Contributor Update
11 September 2020 14:50:53 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations

MACR 3398
German record KUJ-714 at

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

MACR 3398 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database