Haybes, FranceAircraft crash site
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Crash site of First Lieutenant Burt C Wyman's P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 42-75119 WD-N). Wyman was shot down by enemy fighters on 29 January 1944 and Killed in Action (KIA).
According to the official crash report the time of the downing was 11:55 am, one kilometer
North of Fumay, France on the left side of the road leading to Givet.
The crash site was discovered by Michel Chacel, a Frenchman who had adopted Wyman's grave at Epinal American Cemetery. Chacel managed to locate the site by using a metal detector and uncovered remains of the aircraft, along with Wyman's watch.
Wyman's watch indicates the severity of the crash. The crystal face is badly burned, and the mounting arms bent, suggesting the force of the impact when the aircraft hit the ground.
- Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
- Nationality: American
- Unit: 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron
- Service Numbers: O-2044430
- Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
- Role/Job: Fighter Pilot