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42-75971

P-47 Thunderbolt

Republic P-47D 42-75971 310th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, 12th AF.
Assigned to Lt George P Novotny, then Lt John Simmons.
Lost on ferry mission, landed in error at Rome-Littorio on 29th May 1944, apparently flying the correct distance on a ferry flight but with 180 deg wrong direction. Pilot was 2nd Lt Lloyd Hathcock became POW. MACR 6921.
Test flown by the Luftwaffe at Rechlin coded "8+6" in the typical Rechlin style of coding. Later transferred to "Zirkus Rosarius" on Oct 12, 1944, and flown as T9+LK. Found by US troops at Gottingen at the end of the war.

Service

Units

  • 325th Fighter Group

    325th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 325th was first activated as the 325th Fighter Group at Mitchel Field, New York in August 1942 with the 317th,[7] 318th,[8] and 319th Fighter Squadrons[9] assigned. It trained at Hillsgrove Army Air Field with Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft[10]...

  • 332nd Fighter Group

    332nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The United States entered World War II with a military that was segregated by race and remained segregated until 1948. War Department planners generally placed White and African-American Army personnel in separate units during World War II. ...

  • 317th Fighter Squadron

    317th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 317th Fighter Squadron was activated on 1 July 1942 at Theodore Green Airport, Providence, Rhode Island, as part of the 325th Fighter Group, the "Checker Tails". After six months of intensive training in the P-40 Warhawk, the 317th embarked for...

  • 100th Fighter Squadron

    100th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Established in February 1942 at Tuskegee Army Airfield, Alabama to train African-American flight cadets graduated from the Tuskegee Institute Army contract flying school. At Tuskegee, the squadron performed advanced combat flying training. As the...

People

  • Lloyd Hathcock

    Military | Major | Pilot | 332nd Fighter Group
    Lt (Later Major) Lloyd S “Scotty” Hathcock. 301st FS, 332nd FG, 12th AF. Captured in Italy having got lost on ferry mission in Republic P-47D 42-75971, landed in error at enemy held Rome-Littorio on 29th May 1944, apparently flying the correct distance...

  • George Novotny

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 325th Fighter Group
    Pilot and Ace, 317 FS, 325 FG, 12th AF, Flew P-40's, P-47's & P-51's and finished tour, tour expired, he returned to the states as an instructor pilot and trained the Free French Air Force pilots at Oscoda Army Air Field (later to become Wurtsmith AFB...

  • John Simmons

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Pilot P-47's and P-51's 317th FS, 325th FG, 12th AF. Made ace as pilot, seven confirmed kills.

Events

Event Location Date
Captured Rome, Italy 29 May 1944

Lost on ferry mission, landed in error at Rome-Littorio on 29th May 1944, apparently flying the correct distance on a ferry flight but with 180 deg wrong direction. Pilot was 2nd Lt Lloyd Hathcock became POW. MACR 6921.

Enemy aircraft unit 29 May 1944 – 1945

Test flown by the Luftwaffe at Rechlin coded "8+6" in the typical Rechlin style of coding. Later transferred to "Zirkus Rosarius" on Oct 12, 1944, and flown as T9+LK.

Recaptured Göttingen, Germany 1945

Recaptured by US troops at Gottingen at the end of the war.

Assigned

310th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, 12th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2016 02:10:00 466thHistorian Changes to events and unit associations
Sources

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2016 23:51:44 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_fighters/p47_4.html

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2015 21:20:55 Al_Skiff Changes to markings
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http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-75971 MACR bare bones.

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2015 22:04:30 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
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http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-75971 MACR bare bones.

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2015 22:04:04 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-75971 MACR bare bones.

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2015 21:59:30 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description and events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-75971 MACR bare bones.

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