A battle damaged P-47 Thunderbolt of 83rd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group under repair inside a hangar at Duxford. Based on the information provided by Little Friends webmaster, this P-47D could very probably have been a P-47D-5-RE, serial number 42-8479 and coded HL-Vbar. This aircraft suffered CAT E battle damage on 6 March 1944 when flown by Lt. John D Motsenbocker Jr and was salvaged due to battle damage on 9th March per the Combined Loss Listing. Handwritten on reverse: '78FG DX. 83FS. Hangar works on a cannoned P-47.'
IWM catalogue record
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A battle damaged P-47 Thunderbolt of 83rd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group under repair inside a hangar at Duxford. Handwritten on reverse: '78FG DX. 83FS. Hangar works on a cannoned P-47.'
The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Hoya on 8 May 44 in P-47 #4276227
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...