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Lawrence R Strand

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) on 11-Dec-43 in P-47D 42-7967, 56FG/61FS when his aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with P-47D 42-8606 over the North Sea on a mission to excort bombers attacking at Emden, Germany. Both aircraft crashed into the North Sea northwest of Langoog Island and both pilots were killed.

Service

Units served with

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-7967

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-2-RE 42-7967 was assigned to the 56FG/61FS at Halesworth, UK. On 11-Dec-42 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Lawrence R. Strand, was despatched with other P-47s from 56FG to provide escort to bombers attacking at Emden, Germany. 2LT Strand was flying...

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. ...

Associated Place

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 11 December 1943

Killed when aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with P-47 42-8606, 45FG/61FS while on a mission to escort bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany

Commemorated Netherlands American Cemetery, AM Begraafplaats 1, 6269 NA Margraten 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Nehterlands American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2015 20:31:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Jul-2015. Added Decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Added KIA event that SN per MACR 1537; Added Summary Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1537 / MACR 1537, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I, p. 416 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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