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P-47 Thunderbolt

A/C 42-8619 P-47D-5-RE. The third “Lonsome Polecat” of Lt. George N. Ahles.
Lt. Paul Trudeau crashed this aircraft May 21, 1944.
It was then under repair for a time before being returned to service and recoded at YJ-A.
It probably became Lt. Alex Hartley’s “Anvil Chaos” at this point. It suffered a further accident at the hands of Lt. Frank on June 30, 1944 and did not return to service until July 8.

There is a record that indicates that at some point the aircraft the aircraft was coded YJ-A and named “Man Made Monster” with the 351st FS, but the evidence is too unclear to state anything conclusively at this stage.
The aircraft went on to the 4th FG as an OTU aircraft and then the 5th Emergency Rescue.



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    353rd Fighter Group

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    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Enlisted USAAC Nov-39. Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron. Qualified for pilot training Nov-40. Entered Aviation Cadets Jan-42. Presented wings Nov-42. Advanced pilot training Sep-42. Married Sep-42. Joined 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF nucleus Dec-42....

  • William Frank

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 353rd Fighter Group

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    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Trudeau

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351st Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group on 11 February 1944. ...

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    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
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    Military site : airfield
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Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 19:10:29 apollo11 Changes to nicknames, markings and description

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2014 16:41:59 Lucy May Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, place associations and media associations


Date Contributor Update
03 November 2014 14:49:37 Lucy May Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, nicknames, unit associations, place associations and media associations

Created aircraft based on caption information in FRE 5316 and FRE 5412.