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Peter W Klaassen

Military

On 17th April 1945 1st Lt Peter W Klaassen witnessed the crash in Czechoslovakia of 1st Lt. A.A. Rosenblum. Rosenblum was M.I.A. but returned to his squadron at the end of the war.

I was Cargo (83rd Fighter Squadron) Yellow leader on bomber escort in the Dresden area when Nuthouse reported jets in the area. I took my section south of target to investigate some Bogies which turned out to be Surtax White and Red flights. They were positioning themselves to strafe an airdrome, so I circled to observe results. As Surtax Red flight went over the drome, so I circled to observe results. As Surtax Red flight went over the drome, I saw one aircraft lagging behind and going very slow, and at that time Surtax Red leader called and said, “I’ve got to belly in here, so long fellows.” He cleared the west edge of the airfield, but hit something with his left wing just as he bellied in, which spun the aircraft around and tore off his right wing as he cartwheeled. From the time he reached the edge of the field until after the aircraft came to a stop, I observed hits on and all around his aircraft from small calibre arms. The aircraft did not burn, and no one got out as I circled.”
Peter W Klaassen O-708695 1st Lt., Air Corps

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 43-25528 Noamie Vee

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Initially assigned to the 78th Fighter Group, Lt. Peter W Klaassen made a belly landing at Duxford on 5th September 1944. Upon repair, this aircraft was reassigned to the 36th Fighter Group 23 Fighter Squardron and was lost on the 19th March 1945.

Events

Event Location Date
End Tour of Duty (ETD)
Promoted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 15:06:50 Anne Hughes Changes to highest rank
Sources

78th Fighter Group monthly history

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 15:06:13 Anne Hughes Changes to biography
Sources

78th Fighter Group monthly history

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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