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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred Base Air Depot #1.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter 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...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron
  • Base Air Depot 1

    Base Air Depot 1



  • Leslie Cles

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 7 x kills. End Tour of Duty (ETD). Re-assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) withdrawal support mission Merseburg hit by flak strafing airfield force landed near Hohenkoerben on 8...

  • Wilbert Juntilla

    Military | First Lieutenant | 353rd Fighter Group

  • Jesse Oswalt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    P-47D #42-75864 crash landed at Burtonwood due insufficient airspeed after a local area test flight. RTD.

  • Hildreth Owens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 353rd Fighter Group


  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...

  • 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...

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...


Event Location Date
Crashed Thorney Island, Emsworth, West Sussex PO10, UK 15 September 1943

Taxiing Accident Thorney Island Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Leslie P Cles, 15-Sep-43.

352FS 353FG 8AF

Crashed Metfield, Harleston, Suffolk IP20, UK 12 November 1943

Taxiing Accident Metfield/Sta Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Hildreth R Owens, 12-Nov-43.

352FS 353FG 8AF

Crashed Burtonwood, Warrington, UK 16 March 1944

Crashed Engine Failure Burtonwood/Sta 590 Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Jesse H Oswalt, 16-Mar-44.



Date Contributor Update
14 April 2016 10:14:11 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events and person associations

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2016 23:02:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations