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42-76211

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt William C Brearley and named "Princess Jocelyn". Written off DBR after crash landing at Martlesham Heath, 26-02-44, pilot William W Cotter killed.

Service

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 359th Fighter Squadron

People

  • William Brearley

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD1). Rejoined for 2nd tour. 97 combat missions. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD2). Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (9OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Cotter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in aircraft accident at Martlesham Heath in P-47D 42-76211. Killed in Training Accident (KITA) 22-Feb-44. Awards: PH.

Places

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 1943

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, UK 26 February 1944

42-76211 OC-C, written off DBR after crash landing at Martlesham Heath, 26/02/1944, pilot William W Cotter killed. Assigned aircraft of Capt. William C Brearley and named "Princess Jocelyn".

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2017 15:38:17 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, description and events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-76211&Submit4=Go
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-76211&Submit=Search
http://www.8thafhs.com/get_one_acgroup.php?acgroup_id=42

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2015 14:25:53 Pyker Changes to production block number, nicknames, events and person associations
Sources

Updated data to show assigned pilot and aircraft nickname.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2015 12:56:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Collection photo / http://www.8thafhs.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

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