A P-47 Thunderbolt (QP-O, serial number 42-8619) nicknamed "Man Made Monster" of the 4th Fighter Group at Debden. Image by Edward Richie, according to his son Mark Richie, VP of 4th Fighter Group Association According to Mark Richie: "Came from the 353 FG on 8 July 1944, which is odd since the 4th had transitioned to the P-51 by early March 1944. Didn't last long. 353rd Fighter Group website has it crashing some time in the fall of that year. Active P-47 with the 4th never had red noses. Red Group code paint only arrived with the Mustangs." Handwritten on slide:" P-47 ww QP B33"
A P-47 Thunderbolt (QP-O, serial number 42-8619 formally nicknamed "War Weary"), nicknamed "Man Made Monster" by the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, at Debden. The aircraft was used to convert P-51 Mustang pilots, for projected P-47N operations in the Pacific theatre. Image by Edward Richie, according to his son Mark Richie, VP of 4th Fighter Group Association According to Mark Richie: "Came from the 353 FG on 8 July 1944, which is odd since the 4th had transitioned to the P-51 by early March 1944. Didn't last long. 353rd Fighter Group website has it crashing some time in the fall of that year. Active P-47 with the 4th never had red noses. Red Group code paint only arrived with the Mustangs." Handwritten on slide: "OTU P-47 Debden Richie"
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.
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...
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...
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....
Military | Second Lieutenant | 353rd Fighter Group
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. ETD
Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
Assigned to 351st Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group on 11 February 1944.
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
Served with RAF, transferred to USAAF. Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. A/C hit by debris from an exploding Me110 and crashed E of Helmstedt, Germany on an escort mission to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in P-51 43-6630. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2839.
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...
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