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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 87ATC, 27ATG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Lyle A Adrianse.



  • 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. ...

  • 27th Air Transport Group
  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • 87th Air Transport Squadron


  • Lyle Adrianse

    Military | Brigadier General | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. 101 combat missions. Transferred after promotion to HQ Sqn 65th Fighter Wing.

  • Frederick Glover

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Fred Glover hailed from Asheville, North Carolina. He had once played a little professional baseball. ...

  • John Truluck

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    71 missions from May 1943 to April 1944. P-47 plane name was 'Lady Jane', for his future wife. DSC/ DFC w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster 5


  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Warton, Preston, Lancashire PR4, UK July 1943

Assigned to 87ATC, 27ATG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Warton, Preston, Lancashire PR4, UK 20 August 1943

Landing Accident Warton/Sta 582 Cat 3 damage Fred W Glover, 20-Aug-43.


Assigned King's Cliffe, Peterborough, Northamptonshire PE8, UK September 1943

Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Halesworth, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19, UK 20 October 1943

Taxiing Accident Halesworth/Sta 365 Cat 3 damage, pilot Capt Lyle A Adrianse, 20-Oct-43.

63FS 56FG 8AF

E/A Destroyed Friesoythe, Germany 26 November 1943

Fw190 destroyed Friesoythe, Pilot Lt John H Truluck. 26-Nov-43.

E/A Damaged Friesoythe, Germany 26 November 1943

Me110 damaged Friesoythe, Pilot Lt John H Truluck. 26-Nov-43.


Date Contributor Update
28 June 2016 17:35:41 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
27 June 2016 11:59:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations