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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One time personal aircraft of Lt Robert J Messenger. Transferred to 396FS, 368FG, 9AF USAAF.



  • 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
  • 368th Fighter Group

    368th Fighter Group

    The 368th Fighter Group flew P-47s in combat from England from March 1944. In the days after D-Day the Group supported Allied ground troops fighting in the Cherbourg penisula and then around St. Lo. The Group received a DUC for flying seven missions in...

  • 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...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • 396th Fighter Squadron


  • Warren Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief

  • Robert Messenger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Crashed for unknown reasons possible W of Gardelegen on an escort to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in P-51B 43-6630. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ira Rosencrane

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Airplane and Engine Mechanic


  • Chilbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as a grass airfield Relief Landing Ground for RAF Middle Wallop, Chilbolton was used as a fighter and Army Co-operation base during 1940-42. Enlarged and upgraded with a tarmac-surface hard perimeter track, some double blast pens and other...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Island, New York, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1943

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Chilbolton, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20, UK 1944

Transferred to 396FS, 368FG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Lens, Belgium 15 December 1944

Mid Air Collision Lens, Belgium Cat 3 damage Henry B Hamilton, 15-Dec-44.

396FS 368FG 9AF.


Date Contributor Update
16 May 2016 11:34:36 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations