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P-47 Thunderbolt



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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...

  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

  • 23rd Fighter Squadron
  • 350th Fighter Squadron


  • Lonnie Davis

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Dewey Newhart

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Dreux in P-47D 42-26402 (LH-U) named "Soubrette", assigned to LTC Wayne K. Blickenstaff.


  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...


Event Location Date
Crashed Kassel, Germany 27 July 1945

Crash [of unknown type], Kassel/ nr R-12, Germany, damaged CAT4, pilot Francis M Kriszczickmitis. Already noted as war weary before the crash, this probably ended its career.


Date Contributor Update
19 February 2015 21:23:10 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Roger Freeman / /

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2015 21:20:08 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations

Roger Freeman / /