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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1 Gunnery Target Flight, 6th Fighter Wing 8AF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in crash due to explosion Gerwyn Farm, Eynton Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt James C Shanklin KIA, 11-Apr-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. ...

  • 6th Fighter Wing
  • 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
  • 1st Gunnery & Tow Target Flight

    1st Gunnery & Tow Target Flight

    Activated on 1 February 1943 as 1st Provisional Gunnery Flight at Atcham as part of VIII Fighter Command's fighter training establishment. ...


  • Ronald Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Ronald Evans served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group.

  • Justus Foster

    Military | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group

  • 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. ...

  • James Shanklin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 552nd Fighter Training Squadron, 495th Fighter Training Group 8AF USAAF. Killed in crash due to explosion Gerwyn Farm in P-47 41-6620, 11-Apr-44. KIFA.


  • 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...

  • Sutton Bridge

    Military site : airfield

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...


Event Location Date
Crashed Hawkinge, Kent, UK 26 June 1943

Lt Justus D Foster bellied in at Hawkinge in this A/C due to hydraulics having been shot out. 26-Jun-43.

Crashed Warton, Preston, Lancashire PR4, UK 27 September 1943

Landing Accident Warton/Sta 582 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Ronald S Evans, 27-Sep-43.


Crashed Lynton, Devon EX35, UK 11 April 1944

Killed in crash due to explosion Gerwyn Farm, Eynton Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt James C Shanklin KIA, 11-Apr-44.

552FTS 495FTG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 21:08:46 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations