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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of 1st Lt Glenn Herter.
On 5 January 1944 this aircraft's rudder did not respond on take off, and it collided with P-47 WD-K, serial No. 41-6359, which was parked on the ground. Pilot 1st Lt Jack Raphael.
It was later discovered that the rudder pedals were locked in place.



  • 41-6359

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    On 5 January 1944, this aircraft was hit while parked on the ground by P-47 Thunderbolt VF-R, 41-6354, after its rudder did not respond on take off.

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  • Glenn Herter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
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    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Flight leader 336th FS 4th FG Aug. 1943- June 1944. ...


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Event Location Date
Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 5 January 1944

Collided on take off with P-47 41-6359 Cat 4 damage. Pilot 1st Lt. Jack Raphael.


Date Contributor Update
13 March 2016 18:08:07 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 20:33:30 apollo11 Changes to production block number, description, person associations and place associations

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

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 20:27:14 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations and person associations

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