42-74626

P-47D-6-RE 42-74626 was assigned to 56FG/62FS at Halesworth, UK on 11-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Malcolm Van Meter, was depatched with others from the Gruop to provide withdrawl support of B-17 formations attacking at Munster, Germany. 2LT Van Meter was forced to bale out of the aircraft about 30 miles west of The Hague, Holland when the aircraft ran out of fuel. He and the aircraft were lost in the sea. 1KIA MACR 1439.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 62nd Fighter Squadron VIII Air Support Command
  • Service Numbers: O-792684
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 62nd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-790632
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 62nd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-743139
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot

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Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW)

North Sea 1943-11-11 Aircraft believed to have run out of fuel over the North Sea on return from bomber escort.

Revisions

Date13 Jul 2015 19:14:08
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jul-2015. Made connections to PLace and Mission within existing website data; Added note to FTR event per MACR 1439; Added Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:03
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 1439 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database