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42-26109

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Gottbus, Germany. Hit by flak whilst strafing aerodrome and crashed near Quackenbruck, Germany. Pilot 1st Lt Arthur C Bergeron Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5206.

Service

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    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...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    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...

  • 350th Fighter Squadron
  • 375th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Arthur Bergeron

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. 63 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Gottbus, Germany. Hit by flak whilst strafing aerodrome in P-47 42-26109 and crashed near Quackenbruck, Germany. Pilot 1st Lt Arthur C Bergeron Killed in Action...

Places

  • 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...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1944

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 1944

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

Transferred Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 1944

Transferred to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Quakenbrück, Germany 29 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Gottbus, Germany. Hit by flak whilst strafing aerodrome and crashed near Quackenbruck, Germany. Pilot 1st Lt Arthur C Bergeron KIA. MACR 5206.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2016 20:37:55 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=26109
https://www.fold3.com/image/28641129

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

MACR 5206 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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