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  P-47D-16-RE Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-75883  
USAAF
5th AF
58th FG
69th FS

Pilot  1st Lt Joseph V. Adamow, O-801661 (survived) Philadelphia, PA
Crashed  August 25, 1944 at 11:40am
MACR  14349

Aircraft History
Built by Republic at Farmingdale, NY. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 58th Fighter Group, 69th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost engine R-2800-63 serial number P-12683 [?].

Wartime History
On August 25, 1944 took off on a mission against Wewak. Returning from the mission, this P-47 became lost in bad weather and uncontrollable. Pilot Adamow bailed out.

Rescue
Landing in a large tree, he wandered in the jungle and found food and survived off his emergency supplies. Natives shadowed him on the eighth day, then assisted him by providing food and carrying his pack. On the tenth day after the crash, he observed a friendly plane and signaled it with smoke, but it failed to see him.

On the twentieth day, he reached the coast [possibly at Mililat on September 15th], and was picked up by barge and taken to Madang. He returned to the squadron on September 13, 1944 and was evacuated to the United States on November 22, 1944.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 14349 (MACR 14349)
Accident Report on frame 351 80155, frames 386-391
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-47D Thunderbolt 42-75883
As of 2001, US Army CILHI has this aircraft's serial number and pilot incorrectly listed as MIA
Air Force Historical Research Agency IRISNUM: 00057129 includes data on the rescue of Adamow

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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