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63rd 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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  • John Abbotts

    Military | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group

  • Wilfred Abel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    On 2-Sep-43 while piloting P-47C 41-6537 [UN:Q] 56FG/63FS 1LT Wilfred A. Van Able's flight was attacked by German aircraft near Armentierres, France and he was shot down. He was able to successfully parachute to the grouns and was captured as a Prioner...

  • Samuel Abravaya

    Military | Enlisted Man | 56th Fighter Group

  • Lyle Adrianse

    Military | Brigadier General | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. 101 combat missions. Transferred after promotion to HQ Sqn 65th Fighter Wing.

  • Paul Albers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • Francis Albert

    Military | Flying Officer | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Served with RCAF as an instructor. Transferred to USAAF. Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • Richard Albert

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Mid-air collision during local training flight on 5-Feb-44 in P-47D 42-7943 and crashed near Wangford, Suffolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Albin

    Military | Enlisted Man | 56th Fighter Group

  • Edward Albright

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Attacked marshaling yards at Amersfoort in P-47D 44-19786, hit by flak in centerline drop tank which exploded, abandoned A/C as oil pressure zero over Zoelen, Holland. Killed in action KIA. MACR 8995.

  • Richard Alvis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5th ERS. Transferred to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

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Aircraft

  • 41-6199

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C-2-RE 41-6199 was assigned to the 56FG/63FS at Halesworth, UK. On 27-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Harry P. Dugas, was despatched to provide withdrawl support for B-17 formations retunring from attacking Emden, Germany. The aircraft was...

  • 41-6268

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    On 8-Oct-43 P-47C 41-6268, 56FG/63FS piloted by, 2LT Dover C. Fleming Jr., was shot down over Holland while escorting B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany. The aircraft crashed into the Ijsselmer near Amsterdam, Holland. 1KIA MACR 939.

  • 41-6537

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C-5-RE was assigned to the 56FG/63FS at Halesworth, UK. On 2 Sep-43 the aircraft was piloted by 1LT Wilfred A. Van Able and despatched to escort bombers. The flight was attacked by German fighters near Armentierres, France and 1LT Van Able was shot...

  • 42-22748

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-22762 Tinkle

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    To 366 FG 9th AF

  • 42-25531

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-25721 Target for Tonight

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-25957

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-25969

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26057

    P-47 Thunderbolt

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Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 21:47:29 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to media associations
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Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:43:17 rossingtonj Changes to type
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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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