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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Peter Voninski (5ERS). Transferred War Weary to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF 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. ...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 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 ...

  • 435th Fighter Squadron
  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron
  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • Bryant Anderson

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD). 2nd tour with 6th Fighter Wing. Awards: WWII Victory. Post War: Remained in USAF serving in Korea and Vietnam, retiring as Colonel.

  • Joseph Scheibler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Joseph Scheibler served as a fighter pilot with the 78th Fighter Group at Duxford. He completed 90 missions.You can read more about his service here: ...

  • Peter Voninski

    Military | Second Lieutenant


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Duxford, Cambridge CB22, UK 1943

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds, UK 3 August 1943

Crashed Belly Landing Bury St Edmonds/Sta 468 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Bryant Y Anderson, 3-Aug-43.

82FS 78FG 8AF

Crashed Martlesham, UK 4 January 1944

Crash-landed Martlesham Heath on 4-Jan-44 with Lt Joseph E Scheibler.

Transferred Halesworth IP19, UK February 1944

Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Wattisham, Ipswich IP7, UK 1945

Transferred to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Wattisham, Ipswich IP7, UK 12 July 1945

Landing Accident Wattisham/Sta 377 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt David G Park, 12-Jul-45.

435FS 479FG 8AF


Date Contributor Update
12 July 2016 19:06:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations