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42-7884

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D Thunderbolt 42-7884, was 2nd Lt John Godfrey's first 'REGGIE'S REPLY', which he inherited from his future flight leader 1st Lt. Don Gentile.
Named after Godfrey's brother, who had perished in the Battle of the Atlantic, it also bore the name 'LUCKY' and an artwork of a dog on the port side of its engine cowling. 'Lucky' was the name of Godfrey's dog.
Failed to Return (FTR) from providing air cover for an armoured column. Hit by return fire strafing a tank and armoured car, A/C exploded and crashed, 31-Jul-44. 1st Lt Robert W Huse KIA.
MACR 7933.
Godfrey would claim 1.5 kills and one probable (all Bf 109s) in this aircraft in late 1943.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

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

  • 9th Air Force

    9th Air Force

    Command

  • 404th Fighter Group

    404th Fighter Group

    Group
    A unit history of the 404th Fighter Group is available online as a pdf: http://www.winkton.net/Leap%20Off/LeapOffPdf3.pdf

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • 506th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Dominic Gentile

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Don Gentile was born on December 6, 1920, to Italian parents in Piqua, Ohio. As a boy, he had always been fascinated with flying and built, as his mother remembered, hundreds of model airplanes. Don used to say to his mother, “I hope someday I'll be...

  • John Godfrey

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    John T Godfrey was born in Canada, but his parents moved to Rhode Island when he was young. At the outbreak of war he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He transferred to the 8th Air Force in August 1943 and earned fame as the wing man of Ace,...

  • Robert Huse

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 404th Fighter Group

  • Lawrence Krantz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Larry was the one-time crew chief for Captain John T. Godfrey. S/Sgt Frank Mason said, “Larry was a low-key, personable guy.” S/Sgt Don Groomer said, “I remember him as a great mechanic, very accommodating . . . a no-nonsense guy who didn’t say much.”

Places

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Winkton

    Military site : airfield
    Prepared as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943, the land was released for grazing before it was again selected for aircraft use, and improved for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. Used briefly by the 404th Fighter Group, it was then abandoned,...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Between Avranches and Mortain, France 31 July 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) from providing air cover for an armoured column. Hit by return fire strafing a tank and armoured car, A/C exploded and crashed, 31-Jul-44. 1st Lt Robert W Huse KIA. Macr 7933.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2017 09:08:51 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Associated person from MACR 7933 http://www.fold3.com/image/28664804/;
Added new aircraft and connections from :
- Little Friends at http://www.littlefriends.co.uk
- MACR 7933 at http://www.fold3.com/image/28664804/;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2016 12:46:18 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=7884&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Daw%2C+Robert+...
https://www.fold3.com/image/28664804

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2015 15:22:49 apollo11 Changes to nicknames, markings and description
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholz.

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2015 21:23:25 Pyker Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Added 42-7884 in order to correct photo caption claiming it to be a P-51.

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