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42-75850

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort, dropped out of formation to escort 2nd Lt William Weaver back to base. A/C last seen in the Liège area with only one wing tank onboard, in a tight starboard bank. 4-Mar-44. Lt William Burkett KIA. MACR 2793.

Service

Units

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron

People

  • George Ahles

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Enlisted USAAC Nov-39. Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron. Qualified for pilot training Nov-40. Entered Aviation Cadets Jan-42. Presented wings Nov-42. Advanced pilot training Sep-42. Married Sep-42. Joined 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF nucleus Dec-42....

  • William Burkett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort in P-47D 42-75850, dropped out of formation to escort 2nd Lt William Weaver back to base. Burkett last seen in the Liège area with only one wing tank onboard, in a tight...

Places

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK 1944

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Liège, Belgium 4 March 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort, dropped out of formation to escort 2nd Lt William Weaver back to base. A/C last seen with only one wing tank onboard in tight starboard bank. 4-Mar-44. Lt William Burkett KIA. MACR 2793.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2016 21:27:16 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=75850
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=2793
https://www.fold3.com/image/28740421

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2016 18:13:07 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://353rdfightergroup.wordpress.com/351st-fs-aircraft/

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2016 15:51:56 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://353rdfightergroup.wordpress.com/351st-fs-aircraft/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2793 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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