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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron, 8AF USAAF. Written off in crash after engine failure.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • 359th Fighter Squadron
  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron


  • William Burkett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort in P-47D 42-75850, dropped out of formation to escort 2nd Lt William Weaver back to base. Burkett last seen in the Liège area with only one wing tank onboard, in a tight...

  • Robert Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group

  • Richard Stanley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 353rd 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...

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Queens, NY 11371, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 1943

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 1944

Transferred to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Boxted, Colchester, UK July 1944

Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Tibenham, UK 16 August 1944

Crashed Tibenham/Sta 124, due to engine failure 16-Aug-44. Pilot Lt Robert Jones.

P-47D 42-8401 - 5ERS 8AF


Date Contributor Update
07 August 2017 16:27:30 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations