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42-74643

P-47 Thunderbolt

Crashed Belly Landing Langford Lodge/Sta 597, Ireland Cat 4 damage Pilot Lt Gilbert G Ross 87FRS, 27FRG, 8AF, 2-10-43.
Take Off accident Halesworth/Sta 365, Cat 3 damage, pilot unknown 63FS, 56FG, 8AF. 4-3-44.

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. ...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 27th Ferrying Squadron
  • 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • 87th Air Transport Squadron

People

  • Gilbert Ross

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 27th Air Transport Group
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, assigned to 71S, P/O on probation, transferred to 334 FS, promoted 2nd Lt, Take Off Accident RAF Debden, EssexCat 3 damage, Spitfire BL449. 30-12-42, on ferry flight...

  • J Carroll Wakefield

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    J. Carroll (Toosy) Wakefield aged 98, died in Austin, Texas on February 26, 2014. Mr. Wakefield, born in Corpus Christi, Texas August 30, 1915, was the son of Wilson Albert Wakefield and Martha Mathis Wakefield. ...

Places

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

  • Langford Lodge

    Military site : airfield
    Planned to be a Satellite Landing Ground for No. 23 Maintenance Unit at RAF Aldergrove, Langford Lodge was selected in October 1941 to be developed as an air deport for the maintenance and repair of USAAF aircraft. A scheme was devised whereby the...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Langfords Lodge, Rowls Langford, Newmarket, Co. Cork, Ireland 2 October 1943

Crashed Belly Landing Langford Lodge/Sta 597, Ireland Cat 4 damage Pilot Lt Gilbert G Ross 87FRS, 27FRG, 8AF, 2-10-43.

Assigned Halesworth, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19, UK January 1944

Assigned to 63rd FS, 56th FG, 8th AF. Assigned pilot Lt. J. Carroll Wakefield.

Manufactured 4 March 1944

Take Off accident Halesworth/Sta 365, Cat 3 damage, pilot unknown 63FS, 56FG, 8AF. 4-3-44.

Manufactured Long Island, New York, USA

Built by Republic.

Delivered United States

To USAAF.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2015 22:36:13 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-74643
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-74643

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