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P-47 Thunderbolt

One-time personal aircraft of Capt. Richard D. McMinn.
Wearing the earliest version of the markings applied to 4th fighter Group Thunderbolts, McMinn's P-47C carried the last two digits of its serial on the fuselage instead of the assigned codes. Subsequently marked as QP-M, this aircraft was shot down by an Fw 190 near Ostend on 15 April 1943. McMinn perished in the crash.



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Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Queens, NY 11371, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Debden, Loughton IG10 3SW, UK 1943

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot down 20 miles East of Felixstowe, UK 15 April 1943

Shot down by Fw190 near Ostend on 15-Apr-43 crashed in the North Sea 20 miles East of Felixstowe. Capt Richard D McMinn Killed in Action.


Date Contributor Update
19 January 2018 17:13:03 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, events, unit associations and person associations

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 20:51:42 apollo11 Changes to production block number

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

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 18:25:04 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations

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