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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Luther J Abel. Transferred to 391FS, 366FG, 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
  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 391st Fighter Squadron
  • 84th Fighter Squadron


  • Luther Abel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG 8AF USAAF as instructor. P-47C 41-6234 lost engine on local training flight on 9 Jan 1944. A/C broke out of undercast too low and crashed into a plowed field near Loughborough,...

  • William Wiseman

    Military | Staff Sergeant


  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Thruxton

    Military site : airfield
    Thruxton was developed for use by Army Co-Operation aircraft, before being upgraded to a bomber airfield. The 366th Fighter Group moved in in early 1944, flying missions in support of the build up to D-Day, before moving to the continent with other...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 1943

Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Thruxton, Andover, Hampshire SP11, UK 1944

Transferred to 391FS, 366FG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed 02000 Laon, France 8 October 1944

Landing Accident Laon (Couvron)/A-70 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Paul E Stryker Jr, 8-Oct-44.

391FS 366FG 9AF.

Crashed 02000 Laon, France 16 November 1944

Mechanical Failure Laon (Couvron)/A-70 Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Gus N Girlinghouse, 16-Nov-44.

391FS 366FG 9AF.


Date Contributor Update
20 June 2016 13:19:50 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations