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08.11.1944 479th Fighter Group Mustang P51D 44-14294 1st Lt. Heinz W. Detlefsen
Operation: Combat Mission
Date: November 8th 1944
Unit: No. 435 Fighter Squadron, 479th Fighter Group
Type: P51D Mustang
Base: USAAF Base Wattisham
Location: Eight miles West of Minden, Germany
Pilot: 1st Lt. Heinz W. Detlefsen O-757961 USAAF Age 24. KIlled
REASON FOR LOSS:
Lt. Detlefsen was killed in action on 8 November 1944 when he was involved in a mid-air collision with Lt. Thomas V Smith in 44-14598 J2-#. Lt. Smith survived the impact to become a PoW.
Lt. Heinz W Detlefsen, Manning, IA., 435th Fighter Squadron is seen here in his earlier P-38 (details currently unknown) showing the cockpit to cadets from a local ATC Squadron. (courtesy David Kusel)
1Lt. Heinz W DetlefsenAmerican War Cemetery Margraten Plot H, Row 6, Grave 11. Next of kin details not available as yet.
Researched by Michel Beckers with thanks to Des Philippet for grave photograph, photo of the pilot Heinz Detlefsen to David Kusel.
Acknowledgments: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include:
Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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