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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Joseph H Bennett. Transferred war weary to 789BS, 467BG, 8AF USAAF. Abandoned after mid air collision, pilot Lt Walter R Smith RTD.



  • 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. ...

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 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...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron
  • 789th Bomb Squadron


  • Joseph Bennett

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Born 25-Nov-18. Joe Bennett hailed from Morton, Texas. Educated at Abilene Christian College and Eastern New Mexico University, prior to enlisting in the USAAC 25-Apr-41. Commissioned 2nd Lt and awarded his wings at Stockton Field, California 31-Dec-41...

  • Ernest Kish

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot P47 | 56th Fighter Group
    Born in Monaville, W.Va. Ernest was the son of Hungarian immigrants, During World War II, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps and pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt with the 8th Air Force, 56th Fighter Group, 61st Fighter Squadron, at Boxted Air...

  • Walter Smith

    Military | 467th Bomb Group


  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1944

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Boxted, Colchester, UK 1944

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Halesworth IP19, UK 14 April 1944

Landing Accident Halesworth/Sta 365 Cat 3 damage Lt Ernest Kish, 14-Apr-44.

P-47D 42-22790 - 61FS 56FG 8AF

Crashed 22 August 1944

Baled Out Mid Air Collision Cat 5 damage Lt Walter R Smith Jr, 22-Aug-44.

P-47D 42-22790W - 789BS 467BG 8AF


Date Contributor Update
31 October 2016 20:10:32 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations