26.05.1944 390th Fighter Squadron, P47D Thunderbolt 42-76293 2nd Lt. Victor J. Grisanti
Operation: Dive Bombing (attack ground troops at Corneillus France)
Date: 26th May 1944 (Friday)
Unit: No. 390th Fighter Squadron 366th Fighter Group
Type: P47D Thunderbolt
Base: USAAF Thruxton, Andover, Hampshire
Location: Nucourt France
Pilot: 2nd Lt Victor J. Grisanti 0-526348 USAAF Age 31. PoW Stalag Luft 1 (North 2 - Barrack 6 - Room 9)
REASON FOR LOSS:
Statement by 2nd Lt Robert B. Jones made on the 28th May 1944:
I was flying on Lt. Grisanti’s wing. Immediately following our attack on ground target at Cormeilles-en-Vexin we pulled up to 4,000 ft flying in a North West direction. Lt. Grisanti called me on the RT and asked if I was OK. I then noticed that thick black smoke pouring from his turbo exhaust. I called and told him that his ship was smoking. Flames immediately appeared under the fuselage and right wing and I told him to bail out.
He came out of the right side about 5 miles west of the target, plane went into a gentle glide and crashed about 8 miles north west of target. Lt Grisanti drifted westerly and the last time I saw him he was about 8 miles west of the target at 500 ft approximately.
Hit by Flak at approximately 17:10 hrs, captured at 17:30 Hrs.near Cormeillus, France, sent to the Military Hospital Paris-Clichy with 2nd and 3rd degree burns on face and both hands.
None - survived the war as a PoW.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered November 2015. Photographs from the Michel Beckers collection.