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41-6404

P-47 Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt P47C-5-RE 41-6405 'Old Red Ass' assigned to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF, pilot Lt Nicholas Megura. Re-assigned to Raymond C 'Bud' Care.
Landing accident Debden/Sta 356, Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Richard V Douglas 9-4-43.
Landing accident Thruxton/Sta 407, Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Donald K Bennett 389FS, 366FG, 9AF 3-5-43.
Shot down by fighters and crashed into the sea between Knocke and Blankenberge, Belgium. Pilot Lt. Robert A Boock Killed in Action (KIA). 18-5-43.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

  • 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...

  • Base Air Depot 2

    Base Air Depot 2

    Group
    During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • 389th Fighter Squadron
  • 9th Air Force

People

  • Robert Boock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 26-Jan-43 Return To Duty RTD. On 6-Apr-43, smoke in the cockpit forced a landing 3.5 miles off the coast of North Foreland, UK....

  • Raymond Care

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Captain Raymond Clare was from Angola, Indiana, and had enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force before the United States' entry into the war. He arrived in England in March 1942 and was assigned to No. 71 Eagle Squadron of Americans in the RAF...

  • Richard Douglas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    9 April 1943 landing gear on P-47 42-29505 retracted on landing. Douglas was safe.

  • Lawrence Hendel

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Armourer
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAAF and by 1962 had risen to Chief Master Sgt.

  • Nicholas Megura

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Nicholas Megura was born on 28 July 1920 at Ansonia, Connecticut. ...

  • Robert Zane

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO - 23 FIGHTER SWEEPS

    18 May 1943
    A combined force of 100 P-47s are despatched on fighter sweeps of the Knokke/Blankenberge/Nieuport area. A German fighter patrol is encountered. 1 P-47 is MIA. 4th FG claims 2-0-0 on the Luftwaffe, but only 1 kill is officially credited.

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built by Republic.

Delivered United States 1943

To USAAF.

Shipped Abroad Merseyside, UK 1 March 1943

Shipped Abroad to ETO.

Re-assembled Warton Aerodrome, Warton, Preston, Lancashire PR4 1AX, UK 9 March 1943 – 26 March 1943

Re-assembly 275 man hours est.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 April 1943

Assigned to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF Pilot Lt Raymond C 'Bud' Care.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 9 April 1943

Landing accident Debden/Sta 356, Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Richard V Douglas 9-4-43.

Repair On Site ROS Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 10 April 1943 – 20 April 1943

Repair On Site.

Crashed Thruxton, Andover, Hampshire SP11, UK 3 May 1943

Landing accident Thruxton/Sta 407, Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Donald K Bennett 389th FS, 366th FG, 9th AF 3-5-43.

Repair On Site ROS Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 4 May 1943 – 14 May 1943

Repair On Site.

Crashed Blankenberge, Belgium 18 May 1943

Shot down by fighters and crashed into the sea between Knocke and Blankenberge, Belgium. Pilot Lt. Robert A Boock Killed in Action (KIA). 18-5-43.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2017 08:38:55 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, person associations and media associations
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09 September 2015 19:33:29 Al_Skiff Changes to events and unit associations
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Date Contributor Update
09 September 2015 19:30:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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