Lt. Dean R. Morehouse of the 375th was grateful for the P-47’s durability on 9 April 1944. That day, his flight spotted an unidentified P-47 defending a straggling B-24 from being attacked by three Fw190s. In a chase ranging from 5,000 feet to “the deck”, Morehouse broke up the attack and damaged one of the ‘190s, but in the process his P-47C 41-6528, E2:I collided with a tree! (Drew)