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21.03.1944 No. 335th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, P51B Mustang 43-12469 WD-L F/O. Goetz
Operation: Fighter Sweep Bordeaux France
Date: 21st March 1944
Unit: No. 335th Fighter Squadron 4th Fighter Group
Type: P51B Mustang
Location: Pres de La Brejonniere, Bournezeau, France
Pilot: F/O. Joseph Goetz T-122269 USAAF Killed
REASON For Loss:
F/O. Joseph Goetz was hit at low altitude while strafing. Pierce McKennon saw his P-51B hit the ground; there was no fire, but the wings and engine broke off and the fuselage was left upside down and the pilot was later confirmed to have been killed.
F/O. Joseph Goetz. Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, France. Plot M. Row 2. Grave 9. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?
Researched Michel Beckers - for Aircrew Remembered, December 2016. With thanks to Doc Wilson for grave photo, Nigel Julian for pilot photo, remainder the Michel Beckers collection.