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42-76215

P-47 Thunderbolt

On a Bomber support mission 9 April 1944, Thomas Forbes’ P-47 #42-76215 was hit by Flak and/or damaged by the explosion of a locomotive his Flight was strafing in Argentan, Calvados, France. Oil pressure dropped to zero, he bailed out at 2000ft, last seen to the South of Caen. According to German Reports, the Thunderbolt crashed either near Houlgate or near "Cainet", 17km NW of Caen... There is no locality with that name and it could be the place was La Caine, ±20km SW of Caen, an area which corresponds to witnesses' statements in the Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 4105.

Service

Units

  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

  • 389th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Thomas Forbes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 366th Fighter Group
    On a Bomber support mission 9 April 1944, Thomas Forbes’ P-47 #42-76215 was hit by Flak and/or damaged by the explosion of a locomotive his Flight was strafing in Argentan, Calvados, France. Oil pressure dropped to zero, he bailed out at 2000ft, last...

Missions

Places

  • Thruxton

    Military site : airfield
    Thruxton was developed for use by Army Co-Operation aircraft, before being upgraded to a bomber airfield. The 366th Fighter Group moved in in early 1944, flying missions in support of the build up to D-Day, before moving to the continent with other...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 9 April 1944

in the area of Caen, Calvados Department

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 14:44:02 ED-BB Changes to description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4105
NARA Captured German Records : J-918 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/131496028 and KUJ-910 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/131496286

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

MACR 4105 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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