Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Haybes, France

Crash site

Detailed history

Crash site of First Lieutenant Burt C Wyman's P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 42-75119 WD-N). Wyman was shot down by enemy fighters on 29 January 1944 and Killed in Action (KIA).

According to the official crash report the time of the downing was 11:55 am, one kilometer
North of Fumay, France on the left side of the road leading to Givet.

The crash site was discovered by Michel Chacel, a Frenchman who had adopted Wyman's grave at Epinal American Cemetery. Chacel managed to locate the site by using a metal detector and uncovered remains of the aircraft, along with Wyman's watch.

Wyman's watch indicates the severity of the crash. The crystal face is badly burned, and the mounting arms bent, suggesting the force of the impact when the aircraft hit the ground.



  • Burt Wyman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Wyman was killed in action on 29-Jan-44 when his P-47 42-75119 was shot down by enemy fighters. ...


  • 42-75119

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by enemy fighters Fumay, France. Not seen to go down. Pilot Lt Burt C Wyman KIA. 29-Jan-44. MACR 2116.


Date Contributor Update
29 August 2018 08:41:36 Emily Changes to latitude, longitude, history and media associations

Information provided by Chris Wyman, Nephew

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2018 14:19:27 general ira snapsorter Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, person associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Information provided by Chris Wyman, nephew of First Lieutenant Burt Christie Wyman, Fighter Pilot, 4th Fighter Group