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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Robert L Baker. Transferred to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt James A Wyatt. Re-assigned to Lt John H Cline.



  • 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. ...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 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 ...

  • 359th Fighter Squadron
  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • Robert Baker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter bombing mission to Evreaux area in P-47 42-76547, last seen strafing trucks in the Beaumont Le Roger area. Shot down 10-Jun-44. Pilot Lt Robert L Baker Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5617....

  • John Cline

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    71 missions from April 1944 to September 1944. Shot down on 71st mission and made his way back to Brussels and from there back to base. Awards: DSC, DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, American Defense Medal, American Theater Ribbon

  • Dick Tucker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    May 1944-December 1944; P-47D-28-RA OC-T 42-28819 /Jodie Darlin/ Class 43-A; Williams Field, AZ; at MH 5/44 to 12/44; flew P-47s & P-51s in 75 missions; in Reserve a short time. DFC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DUC 4 in Air; 2 on Ground

  • James Wyatt

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Jan. -May 13, 1944 (wounded in action), 26 missions, flew P-47


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-168 BOMBER ESCORT

    3 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element is a force of 45 P-38s from 55FG despatched to provide escort, to and from the target, of B-17 bomber formations attacking at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. There are NO losses and the...


  • 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...

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


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.

Mission abort En Route Wilhelmshaven, Germany 3 November 1943

Early return from mission to Wilhelmshaven due to faulty oxygen regulator.

Transferred Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK September 1944

Transferred to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 22 September 1944

Landing Accident Martlesham Heath/Sta 369 Cat 4 damage Lt Dick F Tucker, 22-Sep-44.

359S 356FG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
30 August 2016 19:31:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations