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42-8491

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.
Shot down by friendly fire whilst mistakenly attacking a US motor convoy Avranches. Pilot Lt Louis G Alphonse Killed in Action (KIA). 14-Aug-44. MACR 7373.

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. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 359th Fighter Squadron
  • 486th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Louis Alphonse

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. 40 missions and credited 1 aerial victory. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter bomber mission to Rheims, on landfall on French coast at Le Treport, last seen lagging behind formation and lost contact when they changed...

  • William Brearley

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD1). Rejoined for 2nd tour. 97 combat missions. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD2). Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (9OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Francis McGillivray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 356th Fighter Group
    AAFTS Lincoln, NB; Mech 42 Curtiss-Wright Service School; Pratt-Whitney in Hartford, CT; at MH 8/43 to 9/45

  • Leo Northrop

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group

Places

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 1943

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 5 November 1943

Crashed Belly Landing out of Fuel 1.5 miles W Bodney/Sta 141 Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Robert C Frascotti, 5-Nov-43.

P-47D 42-8491 - 486FS 352FG 8AF.

Transferred Martlesham, UK 1944

Transferred to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 50300 Avranches, France 14 August 1944

Shot down by friendly fire whilst mistakenly attacking a US motor convoy Avranches. Pilot Lt Louis G Alphonse Killed in Action (KIA). 14-Aug-44. MACR 7373.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2016 15:15:50 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=8491&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-8491&Submit4=Go
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=7373&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28721905

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7373 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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