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42-7919

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 23rd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group, 9AF USAAF.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

  • 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...

  • 23rd Fighter Squadron
  • 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...

People

  • William Morgan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, ...

  • Alexander Rafalovich

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Alex was from San Pedro, California. He was assigned to the 4th Fighter Group, 334th Squadron in February 1943 while they were still flying Spitfires. As they were converting to P-47 Thunderbolts the squadron was off operations for 45 days, so Alex...

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
Crashed Warmwell, Dorchester, Dorset DT2, UK 22 September 1943

Ground Loop RAF Warmwell Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Alexander Rafalovich, 22-Sep-43.

334FS 4FG 8AF.

Crashed Rue de Juvincourt, 02820 Corbeny, France 5 October 1944

Take Off Accident Juvincourt/A-68 FRA Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Donn L Madden, 5-Oct-44.

23FS 36FG 9AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 09:47:56 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-7919&Submit4=Go
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-7919&Submit=Se...
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=116851

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