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P-47 Thunderbolt

Presentation aircraft

Assigned to 62FS, 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron


  • Pete Cherednik

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 65FW, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 383FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Lucian Dade

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer | 56th Fighter Group
    Pete Dade served as a fighter pilot with the 62nd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group, flying missions from Boxted, England. He became an ace, credited with shooting down 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat. After the war he remained in what soon...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1944

Built at Republic.

Delivered LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Queens, NY 11371, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Crashed Boxted, Colchester, UK 18 October 1944

Taxiing Accident Boxted/Sta 150 Cat 3 damage Lt Pete D Cherednik, 18-Oct-44.

P-47D 42-26417 - 62FS 56FG 8AF

Assigned Boxted, Colchester, UK

Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
17 August 2020 13:13:26 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings and description

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Date Contributor Update
04 January 2018 15:46:28 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations