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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF, became war weary and a training aircraft for squadron. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 357th Fighter Squadron
  • 376th Fighter Squadron
  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron


  • John Bentley

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Fritzlar A/D mid air collision with P-47 flown by Lt Robert O Comstock shearing off the rear fuselage near the supercharger. Baled out of P-47 42-22756...

  • Roy Caviness

    Military | Colonel | Pilot - Group Commanding Officer | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Re-assigned to HQ Sqn, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Transferred to HQ Sqn, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 14 x kills. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

  • John Elder

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    "John Elder joined Army Reserves after Pearl Harbor and commissioned as Second Lieutenant following pilot training completion at Victoria Field, Texas. Interestingly enough Bert Marshall, Jr – a future fellow squadron commander for the 355th FG was his...


  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

  • 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...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1944

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 1944

Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1944

Transferred to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF.

Crashed Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 28 February 1944

Crashed Belly Landing Bottisham/Sta 374 Cat 3 damage 2Lt John M Bentley, 28-Feb-44.

P-47D 42-22784 - 376FS 361FG 8AF

Transferred Boxted, Colchester, UK 1945

Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron.


Date Contributor Update
03 November 2016 20:51:59 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2016 20:14:32 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations