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Old 22nd May 2018, 22:23
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Re: US Fighter shot down-P-47D?

I posted on the 36th FG Facebook page to see if anyone knows. Hope that is ok.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/48476868585/

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Old 25th May 2018, 17:55
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Re: US Fighter shot down-P-47D?

Most likely not Lt. Frank Fazekas after reading this ,https://www.cbsnews.com/news/frank-f...returned-home/
Seems like the plane went in nose first .
Found in the 36th FG Facebook sight.
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Old 26th May 2018, 03:57
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Re: US Fighter shot down-P-47D?

The visible damage indicates that it was a very hard landing, so it could be one of the two MIA/KIA from May 21 1944.
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Old 26th May 2018, 21:17
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Re: US Fighter shot down-P-47D?

This plane can’t be Frank Fazekas’. I just recently attended his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery after his remains were identified at a crash site on a farm in northern France. His plane was positively identified from multiple serial numbers found on the wreckage that was excavated from a deep impact crater by a team of archeologists from the University of Wisconsin. Apparently he went in nearly vertically, creating a very deep crater that was covered over by the farmer whose beet field Fazekas crashed in. The link is to a great account of the effort to unearth the plane and return the pilots remains to the US for burial.


https://news.wisc.edu/uw-search-team...ed-wwii-plane/
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Old 21st December 2018, 16:53
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Re: US Fighter shot down-P-47D?

I can definitively confirm that the photo of the P-47 in the original post was NOT that of Lt. Fazekas.
I was on the team that excavated the site with the University of Wisconsin in partnership with DPAA.

I can post some links to some lectures describing the case, if of any interest.

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