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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 404th FG, 508th FS on May1,1944 as "7J-E", as the personal mount of then Capt. "Tibbo" Tibbets, "A" flight leader for the 508th FS. Reassigned Dec.6,1944 as "7J-Z" when assigned as the personal mount of 1St. Lt. Edward M. James. This ship finished the war with over 200 missions to her credit with only one mechanical abort.



  • 404th Fighter Group

    404th Fighter Group

    A unit history of the 404th Fighter Group is available online as a pdf:

  • 508th Fighter Squadron

    508th Fighter Squadron

    "During one of the many breaks in operations caused by weather, Lieut. Col. Cowart of the 555th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion introduced to pilots of the [404th FB] Group a radar set known as the SCR-584 (Signal Corps Radio). It had the ability to...


  • Edward James

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 404th Fighter Group
    Lt. James joined the air corps on Oct. 16, 1941 as a private, was called up from college in June of 1943 for flight training, graduating with class 44A/Craig Field in Dec. '43., arrived in the ETO on May 16,1944, assigned to the 404th FG July 1, 1944....

  • Ernest Tibbets

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 404th Fighter Group
    Ernest Tibbets served as a pilot with the 404th Fighter Group. He was Killed in Action on 8 December 1944. See Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 10830. Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 16 Oak Leaf Clusters.


  • 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,...


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Date Contributor Update
20 April 2019 19:58:03 466thHistorian Changes to production block number

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19 August 2015 14:49:38 tjms50 Changes to unit associations, person associations and place associations


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23 June 2015 21:03:26 tjms50 Changes to media associations

TW James

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11 June 2015 20:01:22 tjms50 Changes to description and media associations

TW James

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11 June 2015 19:53:11 tjms50 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and markings

TW James