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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 551FTS, 495FTg, 8AF USAAF. Mid Air Collision Tibberton Green Fam, Tibberton pilot Lt John D Heagney KIA, 23-Sep-44.



  • 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...

  • 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


  • Clemens Fiedler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. A/C P-51B 43-7190 struck by flak while strafing Romarantin Airdrome in France. Determining he could not make it back, he called on the R/T informing his escorts of his intention to bail out. Twice he rolled the...

  • John Heagney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Pilot P-47 Thunderbolt 41-6233. Mid Air Collision in P-47 41-6233 with P-47 42-74640, pilot 2nd Lt John D Heagney, Tibberton Green Farm, Tibberton, KIA. 23-9-44.

  • Lloyd Waterman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 335FS, FG, 8AF USAAF. 3-Nov-43, crashed after takeoff from Halesworth, was seriously injured RTD. Shot down, crashed near Port a Binson in P-51B 'Yippee Joe' 42-106911. Prisoner of War (POW). 9-May-44. MACR 4686. ...


  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • 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 2 September 1943

Forced Landing Engine Failure Debden/Sta 356 Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Clemens A Fiedler, 2-Sep-43.

335FS 4FG 8AF.

Crashed Halesworth, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19, UK 3 November 1943

Take off crash 3-Nov-43 Halesworth Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Lloyd W Waterman uninjured.

Crashed Tibberton, Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL2, UK 23 September 1944

Mid Air Collision Tibberton Grn Fm, Tibbrtn Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt John D Heagney KIA, 23-Sep-44.

551FTS 495FTG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 09:24:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations