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A P-47 Thunderbolt in the colours of the 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron in flight. Handwritten caption on reverse: '28490. Mystery. Has 5 ERS nose colours but not in unit history. Do not appear to have normal D-Day stripes.'
UPDATED:
42-8490 is ex 352nd Fighter Group, 486th Fighter Squadron where it was coded PZ-S and assigned to Capt. Stanley G Miles who named it "Bundle of Joy". The artwork can just be made out below the cockpit in this shot. It was subsequently reassigned to Lt. Bernard Karl and then went to the 5th ERS as depicted here. The "not normal" D-Day stripes are merely typical of hurried application, especially to a non-fromtline aircraft.

IWM catalogue record

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

A P-47 Thunderbolt in the colours of the 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron in flight. Handwritten caption on reverse: '28490. Mystery. Has 5 ERS nose colours but not in unit history. Do not appear to have normal D-Day stripes.'

Connections

Units

  • 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...

  • 486th Fighter Squadron
  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron

People

  • Stanley Miles

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Four P-47Ds were involved in a mid-air collision near Hethel on 8 Mar 1944. P-47D #42-8490 was able to land at Hethel. RTD.

Aircraft

Locations

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2018 14:46:51 Pyker Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Updated incorrect data of original entry and made connections.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:41:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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