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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47C-2-RE 41-6240 [WZ:E] was assigned to the 78FG/84FS at Duxford, UK. On 18-Oct-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Frankin B. Resseguie, was despatched with other fighters from his group to provide escort to B-17 bombers planned to attack at Duren, Germany. Weather conditions caused the bombers anf fighter escort to be recalled. Plane was lost when Resseguie was shot down. MACR 41-6240



  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron



  • VIII Fighter Command FO-162 BOMBER ESCORT

    18 October 1943
    This mission was composed of two fighter elements. The first element was a force of 33 P-38s from 55FG despatched to accompany bomber formations headed for Duren, Germany. Weather conditions prevented rendevous with the bomber stream and both the...


  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Ditched English Channel 18 October 1943

Ditched into the sea near Lens, France beacuse of mechanical failure of propeller.


Date Contributor Update
09 June 2020 04:41:46 clsspace Changes to description and media associations

From 78th fighter Group website

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2015 19:20:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 7-Jul-2015. Added Markings and crafted Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE . Added FTR event per MACR 889.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 889 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database