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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

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

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.'

Connections

Units

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    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...

  • 83rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • John Motsenbocker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Hoya on 8 May 44 in P-47 #4276227

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2015 12:09:12 Lucy May Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

Corrected spelling of 'Motsenbacker' to 'Motsenbocker'.

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 19:04:15 Lucy May Changes to caption and aircraft associations
Sources

Correspondence with Peter Randall, the webmaster of Little Friends.

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2014 17:04:02 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/78thfg.php?action=list_records&sort_order=ASC...

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:26:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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