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44-21230

P-47 Thunderbolt

Republic P-47M-1-RE, serial number 44-21230, coded LM-A for the 62nd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group.

This plane was piloted by Captain Edward Appel on April 16, 1945, when it crashed near Zangberg, Germany on a mission of strafing the Mühldorf Aerodrome near Munich. Edward escaped and evaded the enemy for 10 days, traveling about 100 miles on foot northwest to the Allied lines in Tagmersheim, Germany.

Service

Units

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Edward Appel

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot, Bomber Pilot, Fighter Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Edward Appel was one of the few Pilots who completed tours both in a Bomber Group (30 missions) and as a fighter pilot (17 missions) in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). His bomber was the B-24 Liberator the Latrine Rumor, B-24 (Number 42...

  • Donald Armstrong

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5th ERS. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lawson Whitlow

    Military | Corporal (5th Grade) | Radio and Service Technician | 56th Fighter Group

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Zangberg, Germany 16 April 1945 – 26 April 1945

Edward was shooting into ME-109s on the field at Muhldorf Airdrome, about 50 miles east of Munich. He then saw he was getting hit and the engine started running rough and losing power. He tried to get out of range and over a hill but in straining to clear the hill, his right wing stalled and went under. The plane cartwheeled across the countryside and stopped right side up. Edward was cut on one knee and arm, but manage to climb out and evade the enemy for 10 days on foot. He "surrendered" to the US Army near Tagmersheim, about 100 miles NE of his crash site.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2015 15:13:03 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

Little Friends website: http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=44-21230&Submit=S...

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 14:44:17 jpendolino Changes to description
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Juliann Pendolino

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2015 20:40:56 jpendolino Changes to events
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Juliann Pendolino

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2015 20:37:19 jpendolino Changes to media associations
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Juliann Pendolino

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2015 06:37:53 jpendolino Changes to nicknames
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Juliann Pendolino, Edward Appel's daughter

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2015 16:20:22 jpendolino Changes to nicknames and events
Sources

Juliann Pendolino, daughter of Edward Appel

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 13863 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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