P-47D-1-RE 42-7911 was assigned to the 4th FG/335FS at Debden, UK. On 8-Oct-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Robert G. Patterson, was flown to the airfield at Shipdham to serve as a forward operating base for the despatch of the unit to escort B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany. 1LT Patterson was shot down by German fighters. He managed to bale out of the doomed aircraft before it crashed at Stadskannal, Holland. He managed to evade capture for a time but was finally taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) at Amsterdam. 1POW MACR 882.


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Units served with


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron No 121 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-885162
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot




Event Location Date Description


Failed to Return (FTR)

Stadskanaal, Netherlands 8 October 1943 Shot down by German fighters while escorting bombers attacking Bremen.


Date3 Jul 2015 18:28:15
ChangesChanges to description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 3-Jul-2015. Made connection to Squadron, Place(s); and Mission within existing website data; Added FTR event per MACR 882 & 938; Added Description based on "The Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey. MBE.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:06
ChangesAAM ingest

MACR 882 & 938 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database