Crash information 41-6587 P-47 C Thunderbolt, Vatrop

During World War II more than 40 different bombers and jet fighters have crashed within de county borders of Hollands Kroon. The crashes were mostly on land, in the Ijssel lake and the Wadden sea.

Few crew members were arrested after using their parachute to reach the ground, others could flee with the help of the Resistance. However, the majority lost their lives and did not return home safely to their family and loved ones.

Crash of fighter plane Republic P-47 C Thunderbolt 41-6587 QP-M at Vatrop

On Wednesday morning 3 November 1943 the American USAAF Republic Thunderbolt hunter type P-47, aircraft serial number 41-6587 QP-M took off from Debden Airport in England. On board was pilot Ivan Moon. Throughout England 500 bombers took off that morning of which 18 fighter aircrafts of the 334 Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group. Their job was to protect American bombers against attacks from German hunters. These bombers had to bomb shipyards and submarine bunkers in Wilhelmshaven.

Above the Dutch Waddensea, American air forces got into a fight with the German Luftwaffe. At 12.40h Moon’s aircraft crashed at Vatrop after an fierce aerial battle which was visible from the ground in Wieringen. The fighter aircraft hit into the ground, right behind a double house. Pilot Moon died in this crash.

The Thunderbolt was shot by a German Hunter of Jagdgeschwader3.

The crew:

Ivan Royal Moon, 1st Lieutenant, pilot, 20 years old, USA.