Type: Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
Part: 359 FS USAAF
Crash date: 18th September 1944
Crash location: Kerkstraat, Dodewaard
Commander: 1st. Lt. J.H. Perry
This fighter aircraft, serial number 43-25530, was operated by 1st. Lt. James Perry. It was hit by German Flak anti-aircraft guns on 18th September 1944 around 15:30 hours and subsequently had to make an emergency landing.
An eye witness said there was black smoke coming out of the engine. Lt. Perry headed for some meadows, but these turned out to be too small and he was forced to turn to the left. He ended up in a small forest. The aircraft crashed and exploded when it hit the trees.
James Perry is buried at the Military Cemetery in Margraten.
You can find more information about this crash here.
The P-47D Thunderbolt crash site in the south east corner of the orchard on the Het Ruyt estate, 50 meters north of the Engelandstraat. Coordinates: 57700-7040.
A Republic P-47D Thunderbolt high up in the sky.
1st Lt. James Perry’s grave at the Military Cemetery in Margraten.