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  P-47D-28-RA "Nancie-A" Serial Number 42-28493  
USAAF
5th AF
35th FG
41st FS

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Pilot  1st Lt. Thomas C. Prizzia, O-797899 (MIA / KIA) Orange County, NY
MIA  February 20, 1945 at approximately 1:15pm
MACR  13302

Aircraft History
Built by Republic at the Indiana Division of Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. Constructor Number 2655. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-47D-28-RA Thunderbolt serial number 42-28493. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South-West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 41st Fighter Squadron. This aircraft had a natural aluminum in finish with a black engine cowling. Assigned to pilot 1st Lt Walter Sweeney with crew chief Herb Rosen. Nicknamed "Nancie-A" on the left side of the cockpit with two Japanese flags indicating aerial victories claimed by Sweeney on October 14, 1944. When lost, engine R-2800-59 serial number FP-003512. Weapon serial numbers noted in Missing Air Crew Report 13302 (MACR 13302).

Herb Rosen adds:
"Lt Thomas Prizzia was flying my plane when he went missing. The regular pilot was Lt Walter Sweeney. Prizzia flew the plane many times. He was a fun guy, spent time talking to the ground crew."

Mission History
On February 20, 1945 took off from Mangaldan Airfield on Luzon piloted by 1st Lt. Thomas C. Prizzia on a fighter sweep over Formosa. At 1:15pm, Prizzia radioed that he was loosing oil pressure and he would return to base. The Squadron leader acknowledged and told him to proceed back with his wing man returning at 6,000' above an overcast, but his wingman, 2nd Lt. John G. Woliung began to overtake him. Prizzia called over the radio but his message was garbled and did not answer again. This P-47 was last seen entering an overcast over the Bashi Channel south of Formosa. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Search
His wingman, 2nd Lt. Woliung circled the area but saw no trace of him and was unable to contact the supporting PBY Catalina. The next day, four 41st Fighter Squadron P-47s led by Captain Beamer searched from 1,000' over the area, but failed to locate any trace of Prizzia or his aircraft.

Memorials
Prizzia was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Relatives
Thomas Waye
"I've enclosed some photos of my uncle, Thomas C. Prizzia. The group shot is from flight school, and he is the individual on the bottom right."

References
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Thomas C. Prizzia

Missing Air Crew Report 13302 (MACR 13302)
Thanks to Herb Rosen and Thomas Waye for additional information

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July 15, 2018

 

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