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P-47 Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt P-47C-2-RE 41-6206 'WD-H' 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF. Later on strength with 551st FTS, 495th FTG, 8th AF. Crashed 1 mile east of Condover, Shropshire, during local aerobatics training flight, Cat 5 damage DBR. Pilot Charles R Griffin KIFA, 2-2-44.



  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 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...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • 551st Fighter Training Squadron


  • Roy Evans

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    As a youth, he was raised on a ranch near Santa Rosa, California. When his parents separated, he and his siblings lived with an English couple. While working at the railroad he wanted to be able to serve in defence of his country, so he took up...

  • Charles Griffin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Pilot | 495th Fighter Group
    Crashed near Condover, Shropshire during local aerobatics training flight on 2 Feb 1944 in P-47C #41-6206. Died Non Battle (DNB), Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA).


  • 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...

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1942

Built by Republic.

Delivered United States 1942


Shipped Overseas Merseyside, UK 1942

Shipped to ETO.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1943

Assigned to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF.

Transferred Wretham, Thetford, Norfolk IP24, UK 1943

Transferred to 551st FTS, 495th FTG, 8th AF.

Crashed Condover, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY5, UK 2 February 1944

Crashed 1 mile east of Condover, Shropshire, during local aerobatics training flight, Cat 5 damage DBR. Pilot Charles R Griffin KIFA, 2-2-44.


Date Contributor Update
07 September 2015 17:27:45 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations