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P-47 Thunderbolt

Shot down by enemy fighters on the Bomber escort mission 27 March 1944.
Crashed near Allonnes/Boisville-La-St-Père, Eure-et-Loir Department, 16km SE of Chartres, France. Pilot Walker Mahurin managed to evade capture, with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. He was back in the UK on 7 May 1944.

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...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • John Barnes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Enlisted Man | 56th Fighter Group

  • Walker Mahurin

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 56th Fighter Group
    Walker Mahurin joined the 56th Fighter Group in July 1942 and arrived in the UK in January 1943. He was later promoted to Captain and Flight Leader of the 63rd Fighter Squadron. He claimed his first victories during the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission,...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 282 BOMBER ESCORT

    27 March 1944
    A combined force of 960 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 ad P-51 are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking 11 German airfields and air depots in France. 243 of the 960 are frunished by IX Fighter Command. The P-51 element also attacks...

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 27 March 1944

Shot down by enemy fighters on the Bomber escort mission 27 March 1944. Crashed near Allonnes/Boisville-La-St-Père, Eure-et-Loir Department, 16km SE of Chartres, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 13:16:26 ED-BB Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 3440
NARA Captured German Records : J-757 à https://catalog.archives.gov/id/131494961

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 12:01:47 Emily Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Added name and markings based on associated media

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 3440 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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