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Jack J Woertz


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 made too steep a trun on approach and the aircraft stalled. The aircraft ehn struck som trees, crashed and burned and 1Lt Woertz was killed. No MACR issued.


Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter 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


  • 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...


  • 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. ...

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Killed on Mission (KOM) Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 11 December 1943

Killed when aircraft crashed attempting to return to base beacuse of a fuel leak. AIrcraft stalled, hit trees and crashed, bursting into flames.

Buried 1945

Buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery, Plot D, Row 3, Grave 89.


Date Contributor Update
24 July 2015 20:53:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 24-Jul-2015. Added Decorations, SN and Burial event per American BAttle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Made connectiong to PLace, Aircraft and Mission within existing website dta; Added Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:51 AAM AAM ingest

355th FG Files, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I, p. 417 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list