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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 551st Fighter Training Squadron 495th Fighter Training Group 8AF USAAF. During formation immelman manoeuvre, aborted manoeuvre and in recovery A/C stalled and 'flicked' into a spin. Pilot baled out from A/C.



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    495th Fighter Training Group

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  • 4th Fighter Group

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  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

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  • 551st Fighter Training Squadron


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    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
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    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
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    Military site : airfield
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    Military site : airfield
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Event Location Date
Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 18 September 1943

Ground Loop Debden/Sta 356 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Robert B Fraser, 18-Sep-43.

334FS 4FG 8AF.

Crashed Denbigh, Denbigh LL16, UK 8 July 1944

Baled Out Denbigh/8mi SW Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Orin A Wahl, 8-Jul-44.

551FTS 495FTG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
29 March 2016 19:03:02 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 09:35:08 Al_Skiff Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 15:41:39 general ira snapsorter Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, unit associations and person associations

Added new aircraft and connections from :
- "The Mighty Eighth" by Roger A. Freeman