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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47C-5-RE 41-6411 [HL:N], was assigned to 78FG/83FS at Duxford, UK.
Muscle Bound
Original pilot was William T. Chapman, Jr. In Sept of '43, he had a cold and loaned his plane to Charlton.
The aircraft, piloted by 2LT Quentin Charlton, was despatched on a fighter sweep in the Calaise/Egmond area. The aircraft apparently ran out of fuel on the return about 25 miles east of Manston and 2LT Charlton baled out into the sea. Air-Sea Rescue (ASR) was unable to find him and he was lost in the sea. 1KIA MACR 672.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

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  • William Chapman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Quentin Charlton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 22-Sep-43 as Pilot of P-47C 41-6411 [HL:N] while on a fighter sweep operation of the Calaise/Egmond area. The aircraft ran out of fuel, 2LT Charlton baled out into the sea. Air-Sea Rescue was unable to find him and he was lost...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-138 FIGHTER SWEEPS

    22 September 1943
    A combined force of 240 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; 352FG; 353FG; and 355FG are despatched on fighter sweeps of the Calaise/Egmond area of France. One aircraft Failed to Retunr (FTR) 1KIA and another sustained a mechanical failure of the propellor...


  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Queens, NY 11371, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK 1943

Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 25 miles NE Manston, Ramsgate CT12 5BB, UK 22 September 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Pilot baled out over the North Sea, 25 miles east of Manston when the aircraft ran out of fuel. Pilot was lost in the sea and his remains have never been recovered.


Date Contributor Update
27 December 2017 14:58:46 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, events, aircraft associations and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2015 23:34:04 Dmura Changes to markings

D. Chapman

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2015 00:14:56 Dmura Changes to nicknames

D. Chapman

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2015 00:13:39 Dmura Changes to description

D. Chapman

Date Contributor Update
27 June 2015 20:27:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 27-Jun-2015. Added Radio Call Sign and Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE. Added FTR evetnt per MACR 0672.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 672 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database