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Robert C Peters


Killed in P47#42-7908. One of 50 P47s that left Metfield and led by Major Glenn Duncan to meet up with bombers midchannel. Lt. Peters was killed in a crash landing at Thrift Farm, Herongate, Essex on return.


Units served with

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 350th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-7908

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Destroyed in crash landing at Thrift Farm, Herongate, Essex while returning from bomber escort mission on 14 Oct 1943. Pilot Lt. Robert C. Peters killed.


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-156

    14 October 1943
    A combined force of 196 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 352FG; and 353FG is despatched to provide escoprt to bombers attacking at Schweinfurt, Germany. 78FG and 355FG were unable to participate due to weather. 4FG was unable to rendevous with the bomber stream...

Associated Place

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...


Event Location Date
Died Herongate, Essex 14 October 1943

Killed in crash landing.


Date Contributor Update
29 November 2017 11:16:49 Lucy May Changes to place associations

Added Robert C Peters' name to the Roll of Honour in the American Air Museum.

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 11:59:53 Rainer Changes to biography, events and mission associations

Corrected typos

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:04 AAM AAM ingest

353rd unit history, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey pp. 254, 342 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list