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41-6529

P-47 Thunderbolt

This P-47C Thunderbolt was the one-time mount of Captain Ervin 'Dusty' Miller. It's nose art, 'Hi! R.P.M.', commemorated the birth of his son, Robert Paul Miller.
It was later assigned to 1st Lt. Jack Raphael in August 1943 and he continued to fly it until February 1944. He had its name changed to 'Eager Beaver' to reflect his Pacific Northwest heritage. Just in front of the canopy on the port side it also bore the name 'Miss Beth'.
41-6529 was later transferred to the 404th Fighter Group, where it was involved in a fatal take-off accident on 13 April 1944.

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. ...

  • 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

  • William Frost

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 404th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 506FS, 404FG, 8AF USAAF. "During an early familiarisation flight with a fully loaded P47C [41-6529], 1st Lt William Frost had to carry out an emergency return to the airfield, having notified the field controller that he had a fuel leak and...

  • Allen Guest

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 365th Fighter Group
    On detached service for operational training. Flew three missions with the 336th Fighter Squadron. Served with the 365th Fighter Group, 388th Fighter Squadron 9AF USAAF. Involved in mid-air collision, leg struck tail of his P-47 as he bailed out over...

  • Ervin Miller

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 2906th Observation Training Group
    A native of Oakland, California, Miller had previously been a member of No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron prior to the unit becoming the 336th Fighter Squadron. ...

  • Jack Raphael

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

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
Manufactured Long Island, New York, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1943

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Winkton, Christchurch, Dorset BH23, UK 1944

Transferred to 506FS, 404FG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Winkton, Christchurch, Dorset BH23, UK 13 April 1944

Crashed Engine Failure Winkton/Sta 414 Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt William Frost Jr KIA, 13-Apr-44.

506FS 404FG 9AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2016 11:24:55 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=6529&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=41-6529&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2016 11:20:32 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=6529&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=41-6529&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2016 11:16:12 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames and markings
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=6529&Submit=Search

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 20:04:01 apollo11 Changes to production block number, description and unit associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2015 20:11:41 apollo11 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2015 20:08:15 apollo11 Changes to nicknames, markings, description and person associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 20:54:05 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

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

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