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42-7959

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Capt James A Goodson.
He was flying this aircraft when he shot down an Fw190 near Hulst on 22-Jul-43 for his first of 14 kills.

Subsequently lost Oct-44 while flying with the 404th Fighter Group in Belgium.

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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

  • Robert Gilbert

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF as crew chief. Flew as B-17 passenger on 'Frantic' mission to service the escorting 4th FG Mustangs. B-17 42-38202 'BTO in the ETO' shot down by fighters [crashed near Swory] on 21-Jun-44 bailed out and evaded (EVD)...

  • James Goodson

    Military | Major | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Major Goodson was a U.S. citizen born in New York City on 21 March 1921 of British parents. He was raised in Toronto, Canada, by his mother following his father's death. In 1939, upon graduation from high school, he had no money but a desire to meet...

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 Linnich, Germany 4 October 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Section jumped by 14 E/A, shot down in melee Linnich, Germany. Pilot 1st Lt Rowland Willet Dalberg KIA, 4-Oct-44. MACR 9279.

506FS, 404FG, 9AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2017 09:29:40 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 9279;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2016 20:45:48 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=7959&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=9279
https://www.fold3.com/image/28665079

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2015 16:50:59 apollo11 Changes to description and events
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2015 16:43:57 apollo11 Changes to production block number and description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 19:25:45 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

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