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P-47 Thunderbolt

Encountered mechanical failure on an escort and support mission for bombers on a mission to Soligen, Germany, 30 November 1943. The pilot, Lt William D. Grosvenor managed to regain control of his P-47 and strafed a train above Puurs, Belgium. Flying very low, the plane hit a telegraph pole and crashed in an orchard after Grosvenor managed to bail out at only 150m above ground. Pilot safe, managed to evade during seven months with the help of Belgian citizens and underground members (the COMET evasion network). Arrested in a trap on 20 June 1944 and imprisoned in Brussels, he had the luck to escape from the "Ghost Train" on 3 September 1944. See his evasion story at

The aircraft was named for the pilot's fiancée in the States



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Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Mariakerke, near Puurs, Belgium 30 November 1943

due to mechanical failure before hitting a telegraph pole while strafing a German train above Puurs, Belgium. Crashed in an orchard in Mariakerke.


Date Contributor Update
28 November 2017 16:28:39 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations

Research for pilot William D. Grosvenor's page at

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:04 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 3441 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database