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42-28623

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Strafing mission to Oil tanks in Frankfurt. A/C abandoned, pilot Capt Gordon J Blake Prisoner of War (POW). 18-Nov-44. MACR 10333.

Service

Units

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Gordon Blake

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). Credited 2 x victories. During 2nd tour, Failed to Return (FTR) from strafing mission to Oil tanks in Frankfurt. A/C abandoned, baled out successfully Boppard, Germany, Prisoner of War ...

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1944

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Boxted, Colchester, UK 1944

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 56154 Boppard, Germany 18 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Strafing mission to Oil tanks in Frankfurt. A/C abandoned, pilot Capt Gordon J Blake Prisoner of War (POW). 18-Nov-44. MACR 10333.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2016 19:49:39 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-28623
https://www.fold3.com/image/29247418
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Blake%2C+Gordon+J

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 10333 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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