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42-8435

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Earl L Abbott. Transferred to 514FS, 406FG 9AF USAAF. Lost on a ferry flight from Burtonwood to Y-29 Asch Belgium. Crashed near Hunsel Netherlands on 20-Feb-45. Pilot 1st Lt Henry M Deja baled out breaking his leg and died from his wounds DNB. MACR 12554.

Photos of crash: - https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151901670612886&id=9...

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
  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 406th Fighter Group
  • 328th Fighter Squadron
  • 514th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Earl Abbott

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 89FS, 80FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 322FS, 326FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Aachen area. Last seen in pursuit of enemy A/C near Aachen in P-51D 'Flossie III' 44-14710 24-Jan...

Places

  • Ashford

    Military site : airfield
    Built as an Advanced Landing Ground for the RAF in 1942-1943, Ashford was improved and made ready for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. The 406th Fighter Group operated from the airfield in 1944, before the airfield was returned to RAF use and returned to...

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned 1943

Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred 1944

Transferred to 514FS, 406FG 9AF USAAF.

Crashed 6013 Hunsel, Netherlands 20 February 1945

Lost on a ferry flight from Burtonwood to Y-29 Asch Belgium. Crashed near Hunsel Netherlands on 20-Feb-45. Pilot 1st Lt Henry M Deja baled out breaking his leg and died from his wounds DNB. MACR 12554.

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