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61st Fighter Squadron

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  • 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...

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Stations

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People

  • Everett Abar

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group

  • Elmer Actkison

    Military | Enlisted Man | 56th Fighter Group

  • Stoddart Adams

    Military | Enlisted Man | 56th Fighter Group

  • Thomas Adcock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • William Aggers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled out during navigation mission when visual contact with leader was lost in overcast in P47 41-6401 Returned to Duty RTD. 31-Dec-43. Transferred to 495FTG 8AF USAAF.

  • Andrew Allen

    Military | Enlisted Man | 56th Fighter Group

  • John Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 61st FS, 56th FG on 1 November 1944 and transferred to 79th FS, 20th FG on 28th September 1945.

  • Richard Allison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal crash on a navigation training flight Horsham St Faith in P-47C 41-6350. 1st Lt Allison Killed Non Operation (KNO), 5-Jun-43. Awards: PH.

  • John Allsip

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • Harry Altizer

    Military | Enlisted Man | 56th Fighter Group

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Aircraft

  • 41-6235 Half Pint

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Robert S. Johnson's aircraft from c. March 1943 to 26 June 1943. Assigned to 36 F/G & lost 13 Aug 44

  • 42-22456

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-25836

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-25963

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26418

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Lost in this a/c 20 July 44 - POW

  • 42-26468

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26646

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26831

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 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.

  • 42-74752

    P-47 Thunderbolt

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Date Contributor Update
12 November 2015 20:08:19 L'il Poison Changes to insignia
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Tanya Kelley, daughter Solon Chester Kelley III

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2015 20:06:21 L'il Poison Changes to aircraft types
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Tanya Kelley, daughter Solon C. Kelley III

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 21:55:32 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to media associations
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my photo

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:42:30 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Type added.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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