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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Belly Landing due to Engine Failure Steeple Morden/Sta 122 Cat 5 damage. Written Off.



  • 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...

  • 357th Fighter Squadron


  • Robert Bernoske

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill. Emergency landing at Steeple Morden in P-47D 42-22473. 20-Jan-44. Returned to Duty (RTD). Hit by flak in coolant system in P-51D 42-106815 and baled out near Vitry on 8-Aug-44. EVD. MACR 7430. ...

  • Lawrence McCraw

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Disappeared on weather recon flight. Body washed ashore near Calais, France, on 23 Nov 43. Plane was Jean's Little Moe' 42-8408.


  • 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 Evansville, IN, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered Indiana, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1943

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 20 January 1944

Belly Landing due to Engine Failure Steeple Morden/Sta 122 Cat 5 damage 1Lt Robert Bernoske, 20-Jan-44.

P-47D 42-22473 - 357FS 355FG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
07 November 2016 17:00:02 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations