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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 513FS, 406FG, 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
  • 406th Fighter 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...

  • 513th Fighter Squadron
  • 61st Fighter 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...

  • Steven Gerick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Became an ace fighter pilot, flew with Zemke and Gabreski ...


  • Ashford

    Military site : airfield
    Built as an Advanced Landing Ground for the RAF in 1942-1943, Ashford was improved and made ready for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. The 406th Fighter Group operated from the airfield in 1944, before the airfield was returned to RAF use and returned to...

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...


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.

Transferred Ashford, UK June 1944

Transferred to 513FS, 406FG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Ashford, UK 14 June 1944

Taxiing Accident Ashford/Sta 417 Cat 3 damage Lt Wayne T Swanbery, 14-Jun-44.

P-47D 42-75269 - 513FS 406FG 9AF


Date Contributor Update
01 November 2016 09:17:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations