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P-47 Thunderbolt

One-time personal aircraft of Captain Victor J. France in 1943.
This was the second P-47 assigned to (then) 1st Lt. Victor France, and the third (of four) aircraft to be named by him.

Service

Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    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

    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...

People

  • Donald Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. S/Sgt Allen was a talented artist, who was kept busy with nose art requests from pilots of the 334th Fighter Squadron. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME (6 Battle stars), Good Conduct Medal.

  • Victor France

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 4th Fighter Group
    Victor France was from Dallas, Texas, and he appropriately named his P-47 and later his ...

Places

  • 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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 19:21:52 apollo11 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2015 16:10:43 apollo11 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2015 21:20:30 apollo11 Changes to production block number
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2015 20:12:46 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

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

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