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  P-47D-11-RA Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-22941  
5th AF
58th FG
69th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt Samuel C. McFarland (survived)
Crashed  February 21, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Republic at the Indiana Division of Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 58th Fighter Group, 69th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
Took off on an escort mission. Returning, this aircraft's propeller went out and was last seen over the Ayutosen Maru  (The Gona Wreck). In fact, this P-47 ditched roughly 30' from the shore with the tail rudder visible above water.

Afterwards, a search party located the pilot on the beach near Opi to the south of Cape Ward Hunt.

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Last Updated
February 12, 2019


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