The Group suffered its first fatal accident in the United Kingdom when Lt. Glenn T. Berge, 374th Squadron Assistant Operations Officer, flying P-47D 42-8604, was forced to abort because of a “runaway” propeller, shortly after taking off for an escort mission on 5 March 1944. While returning to base in a low overcast, his Thunderbolt crashed and exploded near Babraham. (Pearce)