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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D-10-RE 42-7901 was assigned to the 353FG/352FS at Metfield, UK. On 6-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by F/O Earl W. Perry, Jr. was despatched on a mission to escort bombers making an attack on Stuttgart, Germany. F/O Perry's flight was attacked by German fighters near Le Chatelet-sur-Retourne, France and his aircraft was shot down. 1KIA MACR 541.



  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter 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...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron


  • David Baumeister

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
    On DS (detached service) for operational training. Flew four missions with the 335th Fighter Squadron. Awards: DFC, AM (13OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Earl Perry

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    On 6-Sep-43 in P-47D 41-7901 353FG/352FS F/O Earl W. Perry, Jr. was Killed in Action when his aircraft was shot down by German fighters near Le Chatelet-sur-Retourne, France while on a mission to escort B-17s attacking Stuttgart, Germany. No remains...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-125 BOMBER ESCORT

    6 September 1943
    A combined force of 176 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; and 353FG were despatched to escort the B-17s attacking at Stuttgart, Germany. The bomber groups get separated and disorganised making fighter coverage nearly impossible. One P-47 Failed to Return ...


  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Le Ch√Ętelet-sur-Retourne, France 6 September 1943

SHot down by German FW-190 near Le Chatelet-sur-Retourne, France.


Date Contributor Update
31 May 2015 21:22:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 31-May-2015. Added connections to PLace and Mission within existing website data; Added FTR note and map location and Description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Also MACR 541.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:06 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 541 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database