Cpt William E. Johnson Jr., pilot of the P-47 Thunderbolt 42-74639 “Kitten III”, took off from station 369 in Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, UK on a B-24 escort mission over Tours. The mission was 40 minutes behind schedule when the escorts were attacked by German fighters at 1100 while flying 2000 feet above the bombers. Diving with his wingman to avoid the attack, Cpt Johnson’s plane was shot up enough for him to try and bail out. Although he got his parachute open, it caught in the fuselage, dragging him to his death. His remains were initially buried in the Chartres military cemetery before being extradited back to the US in 1946. It was his 47th mission. He had two aerial and two ground kills prior to his death.