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P-47 Thunderbolt

One-time aircraft of [then] Lt Henry L "Hank" Mills.
Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF. Transferred to 397FS 368FG 9AF.



  • 368th Fighter Group

    368th Fighter Group

    The 368th Fighter Group flew P-47s in combat from England from March 1944. In the days after D-Day the Group supported Allied ground troops fighting in the Cherbourg penisula and then around St. Lo. The Group received a DUC for flying seven missions in...

  • 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...

  • 397th Fighter Squadron


  • Henry Mills

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Major Mills 'Hank' was born in New York City on 18 October 1917. His various civilian accomplishments were playing varsity football while attending Dartmouth college and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as graduating in 1939. He then went to...

  • William Morgan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, ...


  • Chilbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as a grass airfield Relief Landing Ground for RAF Middle Wallop, Chilbolton was used as a fighter and Army Co-operation base during 1940-42. Enlarged and upgraded with a tarmac-surface hard perimeter track, some double blast pens and other...

  • 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 Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 19 June 1943

Crashed Belly Landing Debden Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Henry L Mills, 19-Jun-43.

334FS 4FG 8AF.

Crashed Chilbolton, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20, UK 23 March 1944

Landing accident Chilbolton/Sta 404 Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Robert J Bechtold, 23-Mar-44.

397FS 368FG 9AF.

Crashed 14230 Cardonville, France 20 July 1944

Landing accident Cardonville/A-3 Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Jesse D Welch Jr Killed, 20-Jul-44.

397FS 368FG 9AF.


Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 20:23:36 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 16:15:48 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, description and person associations

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.