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P-47 Thunderbolt

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.



  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron


  • Alfred Negro

    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...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-192

    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...


  • Steeple Morden

    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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Cloppenburg, Germany 29 November 1943

Shot down by enemy fighters near Cloppenburg, Germany while escorting bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany.


Date Contributor Update
18 July 2015 22:30:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 18-Jul-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added FTR event per MACR 1286; Added Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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

MACR 1286 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database