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P-47 Thunderbolt

This aircraft was assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group.
It wore its penguin nose art while assigned to 1st Lt. Andrew J. Stephenson. It was later passed on to 1st Lt. Peter G. Lehman, who was the son of the governor of New York at the time. Lehman added the acronym B.E.V.O.A.P.A.B.M., which he said stood for 'Bird's Eye View Of A Pig's Arse By Moonlight'!



  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...


  • Vermont Garrison

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Vermont was born in Mount Victory, Kentucky, on 29 October 1915. He attended Eastern Kentucky State University. On March 17, 1941, Garrison enlisted in the United States Army and became an aviation cadet in Class 41-C at Muskogee, Oklahoma, but washed...

  • Damon Gause

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
    Army Air Corps Officer and Hero of World War II. His awards include the Distinguished Service Cross (second only to the Medal of Honor for valor), the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal. Born in Fort...

  • Peter Lehman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Son of the governor of New York City. Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed during a training excercise near Littlebury, Essex on 31 Mar 1944 in P-51B #43-6844. KIFA.

  • Joseph Matthews

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Pilot Spitfire/P-47 Thunderbolt Joined RAF, assigned to 133 Sqn RAF, 42 to 10/42. transferred to 336th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF. Shot down in P-47 #42-7949 during show escorting B-17’s to Paris area, 16-8-43. Not seen to go down, crashed near St. Denis....

  • Andrew Stephenson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Retired from the USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel 1966.


  • 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
Crashed Warmwell, Dorchester, Dorset DT2, UK 28 June 1943

Taxiing accident at Warmwell/Sta 454, Cat 3 damage, Pilot Lt Joseph G Matthews, 28-6-43.

E/A Destroyed 1/3 Papenburg, Germany 16 December 1943

1/3 Ju88 destroyed Papenburg, Germany. Pilot Lt Vermont Garrison. 16-12-43.


Date Contributor Update
13 March 2016 19:44:07 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2015 12:12:38 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and person associations

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2015 16:31:04 apollo11 Changes to production block number, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2015 16:57:31 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, markings and person associations

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