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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D-6-RE 42-74722 was assigned to 56FG/63FS at Halesworth, UK. On 11-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Wayne J O'Conner, was despatched with others from the 56FG to escort B-17 formations attacking at Munster, Germany. The aircraft was last see enetering a could bank over Coesfeld, Germany. 1KIA MACR 1440.



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  • Wayne O'Connor

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 11-Nov-43 as pilot of P-47D 42-74722, 56FG/63FS while on a mission to escort B-17 bombers attacking at Munster, Germany. Aircraft was seen to entere a could bank over Coesfeld, Germany and never came out. The aircraft crashed...


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  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Coesfeld, Germany 11 November 1943

Last seen entering a cloud bank over Coesfeld, Germany.


Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 20:34:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 13-Jul-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added FTR event per MACR 1440; Added Descritpion based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:03 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 1440 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database