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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 360FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron.
Transferred 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.



  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 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...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • 360th Fighter Squadron
  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron


  • Norman Cota

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. 320 hours of combat. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: DSM, DFC (OLC), AM (2OLC), BS, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Gleason

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    May 1944-February 1945; Completed 70 missions P-47D 'Vicious Virgin' P-51D 'Arasas & Jeff' P-47D-21-RE PI-G 42-25534 /Vicious Virgin/; P-51D-15-NA PI-G 44-15114 /Arasa & Jeff/

  • George Ridler

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot


  • 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...

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Crashed Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 2 August 1945

Crashed Belly Landing 1mile Sth Steeple Morden Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt George E Ridler, 2-Aug-45.

336FS 4FG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
21 March 2016 20:03:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations