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41-6217

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47C Thunderbolt initially with 82FS, 78FG, 8AF transferred to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF.
Landing accident Goxhill/Sta 345, Cat 3 damage pilot Lt Bryant Y Anderson [82FS 78FG 8AF], 5-3-43.
Mid air collision Atcham/Sta 342, Cat 4 damage pilot Lt Richard V Douglas, 22-11-43.
Crash Belly Landing, Out of Gas, Atcham/ 3 1/2mi NE, Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Benton C Grayson, 23-1-44.
Landing accident Atcham/Sta 342, Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt John (NMI) Platner, Jr. 26-6-44.

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. ...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 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...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • 551st Fighter Training Squadron
  • 82nd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Bryant Anderson

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD). 2nd tour with 6th Fighter Wing. Awards: WWII Victory. Post War: Remained in USAF serving in Korea and Vietnam, retiring as Colonel.

  • Richard Douglas

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 495th Fighter Training Group

  • Benton Grayson

    Military | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

Places

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 5 March 1943

Landing accident Goxhill/Sta 345, Cat 3 damage pilot Lt Bryant Y Anderson, 5-3-43.

[82FS 78FG 8AF]

Crashed Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 22 November 1943

Mid air collision Atcham/Sta 342, Cat 4 damage pilot Lt Richard V Douglas, 22-11-43.

[551FTS 495FTG 8AF]

Crashed Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 23 January 1944

Crash Belly Landing, Out of Gas, Atcham/ 3 1/2mi NE, Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Benton C Grayson, 23-1-44.

[551FTS 495FTG 8AF]

Crashed Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 26 June 1944

Landing accident Atcham/Sta 342, Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt John (NMI) Platner, Jr. 26-6-44.

[551FTS 495FTG 8AF]

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2015 11:09:22 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=41-6217&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2015 19:43:12 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

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

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