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P-47 Thunderbolt

This aircraft was the mount of Captains Walter J. Hollander and Stanley M. M. Anderson of the 334th fighter Squadron whilst it was with the 4th Fighter Group.
Hollander (also an 'Eagle' Squadron veteran) hailed from Honolulu, hence the nose art on this P-47, which means 'strike while the iron is hot' in Hawaiian. Anderson was flying 41-6538 on 15 April 1943 when it suffered an engine failure and was crash-landed at Langham. Later that same day, Anderson was shot down and killed by German fighters near Cassel.
41-6538 was repaired and transferred to the 495th Fighter Training Group, where it served until July 1944.

Under the control of novice pilots 41-6538 crashed four times. On 1 March 1944 41-6538 ran out of fuel causing her pilot Gilbert W Hunt to belly land the aircraft near Wellington in Somerset. Just over a month later on 13 April, Robert L Saferite crashed 41-6538 on take-off during a flight to Wrexham.

Moderately damaged, the aircraft was restored to flying condition and subsequently crashed again on 9 June by James E Cuddihee, who collided with another Thunderbolt whilst landing at Atcham. 41-6538 limped away with considerable damage including bent propellers, the other aircraft was broken in two.

Richard C Dunlap finally bought the end to 41-6538 on 4 July 1944 when engine failure caused him to crash at Wheaton Aston in Staffordshire.



  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron


  • Stanley Anderson

    Military | Captain | fighter pilot-1055 single engine
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 71[Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF. ...

  • Albert Barlow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. 60 missions. Credited 1 kill. Baled out of his aircraft on 29-May-44 and rescued by ASR [RTD]. Hit by flak and baled out when engine afire, A/C P-47 'Jeannie' 42-22759 crashed near Aachen 8-Sep-44. Evaded (EVD)....

  • Richard Dunlap

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    On 4 Jul 1944, Richard Dunlap was flying P-47 41-6538 on non-operational flight over England from Atcham when the aircraft experienced engine failure. He attempted an emergency landing at RAF Station Wheaton but undershot the runway and rolled across a...

  • Walter Hollander

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Captain Hollander hailed from Honolulu, hence his nickname 'Lulu' and the nose art on his P-47 Thunderbolt. He was initially a pilot in 71 'Eagle' Squadron RAF, was later transferred to the 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF.

  • Gilbert Hunt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 495th Fighter Group
    Crashed near Wellington, Shropshire during a training flight on 29 Feb 1944 in P-47D #41-6538. RTD.


  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...


Event Location Date
Crashed RAF Langham 14 April 1943

Belly landed due to engine failure or fire

Crashed Wellington, Wellington, Somerset TA21, UK 1 March 1944

Ran out of fuel

Crashed RAF Wrexham 14 March 1944

Crashed on take-off

Crashed Atcham 9 June 1944

Landing accident, collided with P-47C (DQ-P, serial number 42-75129)

Crashed Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire, UK 4 July 1944

Landing Accident Engine Failure RAF Wheaton Ashton Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Richard C Dunlap, 4-Jul-44.

552FTS 495FTG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
26 April 2019 22:19:57 Robert Barlow Changes to markings

Altered marking description: YJ-?
to: YJ-B_
(B with a bar underneath it)
Reason/source: This was my grandfather (Bill Barlow's) aircraft. The B with the bar below was also a wordplay - B Bar-low.

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 18:08:09 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 20:54:58 apollo11 Changes to production block number

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 20:13:36 apollo11 Changes to description

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholz.

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 20:00:19 apollo11 Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, description and person associations

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholz.

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 17:52:22 Lucy May Changes to description

Grammatical corrections to Biography field.

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 11:29:27 Emily Changes to media associations

Associated Media

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 11:28:31 Emily Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Aviation Archaeology, 41-6538,
Little Friends,