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USAAF P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6227, Horsehill Tor, Edale
Pilot Second Lieutenant John E Coenen USAAF survived by baling out when he lost control of his Thunderbolt in a thunderstorm on 25 April 1943.
On a routine flight from Norfolk to Liverpool and back, 2nd Lt Coenen was on the return leg when he encountered vile weather. He tried turning back, but his P-47C was thrown about and went into a powered spiral dive. A disoriented 2nd Lt Coenen just managed to bale out, but his parachute caught on the tailplane. Luckily it broke free, though a ripped chute meant a quick and heavy landing for the airman.
Cunningham goes on to say that 2nd Lt Coenen returned to flying, and on his last mission of the war – supporting a bombing raid on Emden – he shot down two Focke Wulf 190s.
This remarkable photo shows P-47Cs of the 56th Fighter Group (same as 41-6227). Also it was taken in 1943, same year as the above crash.
Details from Peakland Air Crashes – The North, Pat Cuningham, 2006.
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