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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47 42-25871 was flown by Captain Richard Holly, who gave it the nickname 'Nigger II', named after his wife because of her sun tan. The aircraft was also flown by Lt. Charles D Whitefield, who nicknamed it 'Roger the Lodger'.



  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron


  • Richard Holly

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 78th Fighter Group
    CO 84th FS 78th FG Duxford, Eng. 1 air kill 5/19/1944 60th FS Iceland 1 air kill 8/5/1943 P-47D s/n 42-25871 WZ+Y "Nigger II" Col USAF retired

  • Benjamin Mayo

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 78th Fighter Group

  • Charles Whitefield

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Flew 74 missions. Married WAC Jane Clemons Krantz on 5 Dec 1944 in Staines, England. DFC, Air Medal with oak leaf clusters



  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 25 February 1945


Date Contributor Update
24 May 2019 11:11:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to events, person associations and mission associations

Peter Randall - 78th FG D-Day List;

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2018 14:23:43 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description and person associations

'US 8th Army Air Force Fighter Command USAAF, 1943-45: P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang Squadrons in East Anglia, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire' by Martin Bowman, pg 75:

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2017 03:31:12 fugari Changes to nicknames, markings, unit associations, place associations and media associations

JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:18 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 12643 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database