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  P-47D-2-RE Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-8144  
USAAF
5th AF
348th FG
342nd FS "Scourgers"

Pilot  2nd Lt. Cyril O. Andrews (survived)
Crashed  August 18, 1943
MACR  none

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, 348th Fighter Group, 342nd Fighter Squadron "Scourgers". No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On August 18, 1943 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby piloted by Andrews on an escort mission for C-47s bound for Wau Airfield. This aircraft and P-47D 42-8059 entered a cumulus clouds over the Owen Stanley mountains and both became lost and the first weather related P-47D Thunderbolt losses in New Guinea.

Search
Afterwards, Captain Ed Roddy of the 342nd Fighter Squadron searched for these two P-47 unsuccessfully.

Fate of the Pilot
Disoriented, Andrews bailed out at roughly 1,000' and landed near Mount Bachelor. He became stuck in trees and left dangling from above the ground before he was able to cut himself free. Falling to the ground, Andrews fractured his leg but managed to reach a stream. Used parachute to cover himself and ate D-ration. Crawled for three days before found by locals, who splinted his leg and took him to Garaina Airfield where he was flown back to Port Moresby.

Wreckage
This P-47 Crashed roughly 20 miles southwest of Garaina near Mount Blackmar.

Memorials
Andrews died on July 22, 1960 and is buried at Hope Cemetery in Henrietta, TX.

References
Andrews was the Commanding Officer (C. O.) of the 342nd Fighter Squadron
History of 342nd FS
Kearby's Thunderbolts page 32-33
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-47 Thunderbolt 42-844
FindAGrave - Cyril Olan Andrews (grave photo)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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