P-47D-10-RE 42-75045 [YF:Y] was assigned to the 355FG/358FS at Steeple Morden, UK. On 11-Dec-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Jack J. Woertz, was despatched with other P-47s from 355FG to provide escort to bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. Shortly after take-off 1LT Woertz observed that his aircraft had afuel leak. He attempted to return to base but on approach he made a trun that was too steep. The aircraft stalled, hit some trees and crashed, bursting into flames and 1zLT Woertz was killed. 1KOM. No MACR issued.
Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
Killed on Mission (KOM) 11-Dec-43 in P-47D 42-75045. Shortly after take off from Steeple Morden , UK on a mission to escort bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany 1LT Woertz noticed that his aircraft was leaking fuel. He attempted to return to base but...
11 December 1943
This fighter mission is composed of three elements despatched to provide escort to heavy bomber attacking at Bremen, Germany. The first element is a force of 31 P-38s from 55FG (included some from 20FG). There are no losses or claims in this element.
Military site : airfield
Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...
||Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK
||11 December 1943
Crashed on approach attempting to RTB because of a fuel leak.