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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. W/W Hack for 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Formation monitor for the 91st Bomb Group at Bassingbourn.



  • 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...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter 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...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 551st Fighter Training Squadron
  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • 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...

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Queens, NY 11371, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Atcham, Shrewsbury, UK 1943

Assigned to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Boxted, Colchester, UK 1944

W/W Hack for 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth, Royston SG8, UK 1944

Formation monitor for the 91st Bomb Group.


Date Contributor Update
21 October 2017 22:29:16 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 14:34:56 general ira snapsorter Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations and media associations

Listed under 56th FG aircraft at Little Friends website