P-47D-2-RE 42-7996 was asssigned to the 355FG/354FS at Steeple Morden, UK. On 29-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Alfred J. Del Negro, was despatched with other P-47s from 355FG to provide penetration support to bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The flight encountered German fighters near Cloppenburg, Germany and 2LT Del Negro was Killed in Action (KIA) 1KIA MACR 1286.
Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
Killed is Action on 29-Nov-43 in P-47D 42-7996 [WR:D] 355FG/354FS while on a mission to provide penetration support to bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The aircraft was shot down near Cloppenburg, Germany. and 2LT Alfred J. Del Negro was Killed in...
29 November 1943
This mission is composed of two fighter elements despatached to escort B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. The first element is a force of 38 P-38s (includes some from 20FG/77FS) from 55FG. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 5KIA 2POW. The...
Military site : airfield
Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...
|Failed to Return (FTR)
||29 November 1943
Shot down by enemy fighters near Cloppenburg, Germany while escorting bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany.