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42-75045

P-47 Thunderbolt

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.

Service

Units

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    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...

  • 358th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Jack Woertz

    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...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-198 BOMBER ESCORT

    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. ...

Places

  • Steeple Morden

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 11 December 1943

Crashed on approach attempting to RTB because of a fuel leak.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2015 20:20:54 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Jul-2015. Added NEW aircraft entry based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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