2nd Lt William Bert "Bill" Foster, O-714902, 378FS, 362 FG, 9AF, operating from Étain, France (ALG, A-82) shot down 23 December 1944 near Burnon, Belgium, flying P-47D-20-RE-42-76437 “Street Cleaner” [G8*O], crash landed and Lt Foster walked away; POW/RTD/EUS. Original enlistment 1 February 1943, entering service at Dallas, Texas ASN: 18214976, https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record...tf=F&q=18214976&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=1640973 POW https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=466&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf=F&q=O&714902&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=65608 Overview Lt Foster mission 23 December 1944 The mission for today 23 December 1944, for the 378th Squadron was escorting C-47s on a supply drop to troops in Bastogne, then went on a freelance armed reconnaissance. William Foster's "Street Cleaner" was hit in the prop following a pass at some tanks, and he bellied the plane in basically ripping the ship in two just behind the cockpit. Witness statement of 1st Lt Richard D Law who watched Lt Foster “crash” land, walk away and wave to him he was okay. Hard to believe Lt Foster walked away from this crash and was able to wave to Lt Law in the air above. Maybe obvious or not given the date and area of operation this was the opening days of the Nazi Operation “Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein” better known to westerners as the “Battle of the Bulge”. image source 362FG, FB page https://www.facebook.com/362ndFight...8636317167499/449524125078718/?type=3&theater MACR 11435 (5 pages) available fold3 https://www.fold3.com/image/46699348 for those with access. P-47D, 42-76437 content http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/9571 2nd Lt William Bert Foster, content http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/242174 42-76437 content here https://translate.google.com/transl...://ardennesavions45.blogspot.com/&prev=search 2nd Lt William Bert “Bill” Foster 7 Jan 1922 to 25 Feb 2008 Findagrave https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77701404 Later image of 42-76437 in the spring of 1945 once the Nazis were gone...Photo op for locals.