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  P-47D Thunderbolt Serial Number ?  
USAAF
5th AF
8th FG
36th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Arthur O. Heckerman, O-737087 (survived)
Crashed  December 26, 1943 at 3:20pm aproximately
MACR  none

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 36th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
Took off from Nadzab Airfield (No. 1) to provide fighter cover over Cape Gloucester. A number of Japanese fighters attacked.

This P-47 was lost 1.5 miles north of Silimati Point, east of Cape Gloucester and west of Borgen Bay.

Rescue
Heckerman was rescued by a U. S. Navy destroyed and returned to duty.

References
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-47 Thunderbolt piloted by Heckerman

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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