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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Charles J Rosenblatt. Transferred to 63FS, 56FG, 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 358th Fighter Squadron
  • 63rd Fighter Squadron


  • Ralph Berg

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Post training served as a ferry pilot [Detroit to various fields in the US]. Shipped to European theatre of operations Jul-43. Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Developed ear problems on operations and was hospitalized for a month before returning...

  • Samuel Lowman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Samuel Junior Lowman was born in Warsaw, Indiana, the son of Samuel Martin Lowman and Thelma F. Paulus Lowman. On Jul 6, 1944, he took off from Boxted as part of Daily Red Flight, led by Lt. Barney P. Casteel. They were on a bombing/strafing mission...

  • Charles Rosenblatt

    Military | Colonel | 355th Fighter 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...

  • 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 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1943

Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Hitcham, Ipswich IP7, UK 24 November 1943

Landing Accident Hitcham/Sta 470 Cat 4 damage Capt Ralph T Berg, 24-Nov-43.

P-47D 42-8426 - Hq Sqn 355FG 8AF

Transferred Boxted, Colchester, UK 1944

Transferred to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Boxted, Colchester, UK 22 April 1944

Crash landed Boxted/Sta 150 Cat 5 damage 22-Apr-44. Lt Samuel J Lowman.


Date Contributor Update
04 November 2016 13:20:46 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations