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Crash of P-47 42-26566 MACR 11609
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Mission 324th Fighter Group
The 324th Fighter Group of the Twelfth Air Force was stationed at Tavaux Airfield at Dole, France.
On 22 December 1944, 2nd Lt. Edmund Wright II was a pilot with the 316th Bomb Squadron.
On this day he was flying the P-47D-25RE Thunderbolt 42-26566 nicknamed “Hell’s Belles” on an armed reconnaissance mission to find trains and boxcars. Wright and another Thunderbolt pilot encountered some German ME 190’s and engaged in a dog fight. Wright lost control of his aircraft, it rolled over on its back and slowly lost altitude and fell into a spin. At about 15:30 hours and only 1,500 feet above ground, Wright bailed out and was observed to land in a thickly wooded area near Hubersthofen, Germany. He was captured some 200 meters from where the plane crashed about 1.5 kilometers from Hubersthfen, Germany. He was wounded and sent to the prisoner of war hospital near Rottweil, Germany. He later was transferred to a transit camp at Dulag Luft – Wetzlar, then Stalag 5B, Villingen Baden and finally Stalag 7A, Moosburg.
After he failed to return to base, the group filed Missing Air Crew Report 11609 which detailed the circumstances surrounding the crash.
- Hubersthfen, Germany
- 22 December 1944
Edmund Wright II
2nd Lt. Edmund Wright II (O-826823) was born on 14 January 1924 in New York, NY the son of Elliott V. Wright and Julia Lam Wright. After four years of high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. On 25 September 1947 he married Marion Betty Reich in New York City. They moved to Hartsdale in 1954. Marion died in 1977. Edmund was a textile salesman for Oberman Frabrics in New York City. He then was vice-president for Prudential-Bache Securities in White Plains, NY for 25 years. On 30 May 1984, he married Nancy Asher Strauss Forbes in White Plains, NY where they lived. Nancy died in March 1990. Wright died on 6 December 1990 in White Plains, NY.