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P-47 Thunderbolt

Mid air collision with 41-6416 5 miles North of Castle Camps, pilot Archie W. Chatterley managed to land the damaged A/C. 27th April 43. 41-6146 was abandoned as tail was sliced off, pilot James W. Wilkinson injured when he bailed out but survived.

41-6358 was repaired and transferred to the Ninth Air Force's 405th Fighter Group.

Failed to Return (FTR) France, 23 June 1944, pilot Lt Walter R. Davis. Lt Davis crashed due to a technical problem on the Channel Island of Jersey June 23, 1944 after returning from a bombing mission on Le Mans. He was taken prisoner.



  • 41-6416

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Mid air collision with #416358 5 miles Nth of Castle Camps, pilot 1st Lt James W Wilkinson injured his spine bailing out. A/C destroyed. 27th April 43.


  • 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...


  • Archie Chatterley

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Archie Chatterley, born in 1920 in San Francisco, was living in San Diego, California when he joined the Royal Air Force before the entry of the USA in the conflict. He flew in the RAF and was later assigned to the 4th Fighter Group, 334th Squadron on...

  • Oscar Coen

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 Squadron Commander | 356th Fighter Group
    Oscar Coen was born in Wallum, North Dakota on 11 May 1917. He spent his boyhood on a Wisconsin dairy farm. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a bachelor of science degree. ...

  • James Wilkinson

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    James Wilkinson served with the 4th Fighter Group and then the 78th Fighter Group, flying missions from England. ...


  • 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
Mid Air Collision Castle Camps, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB21, UK 27 April 1943

Mid air collision with #416416 5 miles Nth of Castle Camps, pilot Archie W Chatterley managed to land the damaged A/C. 27th April 43.#416146 was abandoned as tail was slice off, pilot James W Wilkinson injured when he bailed out but survived.


Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 11:03:22 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 19:21:51 apollo11 Changes to nicknames, markings and description

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

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 12:28:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to description

Merged duplicate entry to include details from MACR 6026 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2015 12:24:09 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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Date Contributor Update
08 March 2015 14:24:29 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and person associations

Personal research & 'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th Fighter Group' by Frank Speer.