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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47 Serial #42-75345 of the 406th Fighter Bomber Group/512th Fighter Bomber Squadron was stationed at Ashford, Kent. On 22 June 1944, it was flown by 2nd Lt Lyon E. Agee Jr on a low-level bombing and strafing mission on German units in the Cherbourg area, France.

The formation was attacked by German fighters and Agee reported to wingman 1st Lt Creighton A. Smith that he had been hit. His P-47 was last seen flying above the southern edge of Cherbourg, heading for England. No trace was ever found of him nor of his plane and they were lost in the English Channel. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6208.



  • Lyon Agee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 406th Fighter Group
    Lyon Agee Jr enlisted in May 1942 in the Air Corps. After earning his pilot wings, he pursued training in the United States before being shipped overseas. He was assigned to the 406th Fighter Bomber Group/512th Fighter Bomber Squadron in England and...


  • Ashford

    Military site : airfield
    Built as an Advanced Landing Ground for the RAF in 1942-1943, Ashford was improved and made ready for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. The 406th Fighter Group operated from the airfield in 1944, before the airfield was returned to RAF use and returned to...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) into the Channel, off Cherbourg, France 22 June 1944

Hit by German fighter. Last seen heading for England.


Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 15:25:09 Lucy May Changes to description

Corrected 'Ashford, Essex' to 'Ashford, Kent'. With thanks to Craig Knowles for notifying me of this error.

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2015 10:13:59 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

MACR 6208

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

MACR 6208 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database