30.07.1943 62nd Fighter Squadron P-47C 41-6209 LM-C 1st. Lt. Robert E. Stover
Operation: Bomber escort
Date: 30th July 1943
Unit: No. 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group
Type: P47C Thunderbolt
Base: RAF Halesworth Suffolk
Location: Oudelandsedijk, Oude Tonge, Holland
Pilot: 1st. Lt Robert Eugene Stover O-661392 USAAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Weather conditions: Good. Visibility Excellent. Time: 10:00 hrs. Shot down after a dogfight with Hauptmann Siegfried Schnell of III./JG 54
The aircraft was last seen smoking and going down over Walcheren Island by an unidentified pilot from the 4th fighter group. Some 17 x P-47’s took part in a search for the pilot from the base to within 40 miles of the Dutch coast but without success.
1st. Lt Robert Eugene Stover. Ardennes American Cemetery, Belgium. Plot B. Row 43. Grave 21.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - July 2016. Photographs of aircraft courtesy Steve Fleming, grave photo courtesy Dominique Potier, memorial courtesy Anneke Moerenhout - others from Nigel Julian and the Michel Beckers collection.