41-6537

Object Number - UPL 6539 - Republic P-47C-5-RE Thunderbolt 41-6537 UN-Q of the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group. The mount of Lt. Wilfred A Van Abel [ in cockpit ]....

P-47C-5-RE was assigned to the 56FG/63FS at Halesworth, UK. On 2 Sep-43 the aircraft was piloted by 1LT Wilfred A. Van Able and despatched to escort bombers. The flight was attacked by German fighters near Armentierres, France and 1LT Van Able was shot down. The aircraft crashed near Hazebrouck, France. 1LT Van Able parachuted to safety but was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW) 1 POW MACR 468

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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-661401
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

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Hazebrouck, France 1943-09-02 Attacked by German fighters near Armentierres, France and crashed near Hazebrouck, France

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Date29 May 2015 23:15:40
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 29-May-2015 Edited Description with 1LT Van Able as POW per National Archives Records Administration (ANAR) WWII POW database.

Date29 May 2015 22:44:32
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 29-May-2015. Added Unit and Mission connections and FTRT event per MACR 468; Added DEscription based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:06
ContributorAAM
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MACR 468 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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