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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 360FS 356FG 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 397FS, 368FG, 9AF USAAF. Abandoned off French coast 27-Jun-44 Pilot Lt Joe R Burney.



  • 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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 368th Fighter Group

    368th Fighter Group

    The 368th Fighter Group flew P-47s in combat from England from March 1944. In the days after D-Day the Group supported Allied ground troops fighting in the Cherbourg penisula and then around St. Lo. The Group received a DUC for flying seven missions in...

  • 360th Fighter Squadron
  • 375th Fighter Squadron
  • 376th Fighter Squadron
  • 397th Fighter Squadron


  • Norman Cota

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. 320 hours of combat. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: DSM, DFC (OLC), AM (2OLC), BS, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Wallace Frank

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Gace in P-51 #4324759


  • 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...

  • Chilbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as a grass airfield Relief Landing Ground for RAF Middle Wallop, Chilbolton was used as a fighter and Army Co-operation base during 1940-42. Enlarged and upgraded with a tarmac-surface hard perimeter track, some double blast pens and other...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered Republic Airport (FRG), 7150 Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 1944

Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 1944

Transferred to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK April 1944

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

Crashed Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 8 April 1944

Landing Accident Bottisham/Sta 374 Cat 3 damage Lt Wallace B Frank, 8-Apr-44.

P-47D 42-74714 - 376FS 361FG 8AF

Assigned Chilbolton, Stockbridge SO20, UK June 1944

Transferred to 397FS, 368FG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed English Channel 27 June 1944

Baled Out 10 miles from French Coast Cat 5 damage Lt Joe R Burney, 27-Jun-44.

P-47D 42-74714 - 397FS 368FG 9AF


Date Contributor Update
23 July 2018 12:15:29 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations