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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FS, 495FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed during formation training flight. Accident occurred at 14:55hrs at Brick Kiln Farm, Whithurch, Shropshire. Pilot Lt Fay H Clark KIFA.



  • 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...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron
  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • Fay Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 495th Fighter Group
    KNO in P-47C #416267: crashed during non-operational (formation training?) flight. Accident occurred at 1455hrs at Brick Kiln Farm, Whithurch, Shropshire

  • John Patton

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 496th Fighter Training Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Forges in P-47D 42-75063

  • Joseph Powers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Captain Joseph H Powers, was born 8 June 1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended school in Tulsa and graduated Tulsa Central High School. ...

  • Leslie Seppala

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 552nd Fighter Training Squadron, 495th Fighter Training Group, 8th AF USAAF. Transferred to 352nd Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. Later HQ Sqn (353rd Fighter Group). ...


  • 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...

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Event Location Date
E/A Destroyed Arnhem, Netherlands 30 July 1943

Bf109 destroyed Road to Arnhem 30-Jul-43. Pilot Capt Joseph Powers.

E/A Destroyed Bremen, Germany 20 December 1943

Me210 destroyed Bremen 20-Dec-43. Pilot Capt Joseph Powers.

E/A Damaged 1/2 claim Bremen, Germany 20 December 1943

Bf109 shared damaged Bremen 20-Dec-43. Pilot Capt Joseph Powers.

E/A Damaged 1/2 claim Bremen, Germany 20 December 1943

Bf109 shared damaged Bremen 20-Dec-43. Pilot Capt Joseph Powers.

Crashed Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 5 September 1944

Landing Accident Atcham/Sta 342 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Leslie W Seppala, 5-Sep-44.

552FTS 495FTG 8AF.

Crashed Whitchurch, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13, UK 28 September 1944

Crashed Bricklin Farm, nr Whitchurch Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Fay H Clark KIFA, 28-Sep-44.

552FTS 495FTG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 20:02:27 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 19:21:38 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations