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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS 495FTG 8AF.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron


  • Raymond Care

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Captain Raymond Clare was from Angola, Indiana, and had enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force before the United States' entry into the war. He arrived in England in March 1942 and was assigned to No. 71 Eagle Squadron of Americans in the RAF...

  • Roman Keyes

    Military | Pilot | 495th Fighter Group
    Crashed, BNF (body not found?)


  • 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
E/A Destroyed English Channel 26 June 1943

Bf109 destroyed 26-Jun-43, pilot Lt Raymond C Care.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 27 July 1943

Taxiing accident Debden/Sta 356 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt William B Gabrilson, 27-Jul-43.

334FS 4FG 8AF.

Crashed Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 12 July 1944

Mid Air Collision 8mi SW Atcham/Sta 342 Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Roman H Keyes KIA, 12-Jul-44.

552FTS 495FTG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 21:02:57 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations