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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Flown by Lt Vernon A Burroughs. Transferred to 387FS, 365FG, 9AF USAAF.



  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 365th Fighter Group

    365th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the...

  • 357th Fighter Squadron
  • 387th Fighter Squadron


  • Vernon Burroughs

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to return from strafing mission to St Dizier A/D, P-51D 'Ill Wind' 43-6636 hit by return fire from ground, crashed on 9-May-44 near Rilly Ste Syre, Lt Vernon A Burroughs...

  • Neal Worley

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
    Flew 127 Combat missions. Crash landed five P-47's. Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel


  • 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...

  • Metz

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Crashed Saint-Dizier, France 19 April 1945

Crashed Belly Landing Mechanical Failure St Dizier/A-64 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Neal E Worley, 19-Apr-45.

387FS 365FG 9AF.


Date Contributor Update
18 May 2022 12:52:53 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2020 00:55:40 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings and place associations

"Thunderbolts of The Hell Hawks" - Barnes, Crump and Sutherland, page 292

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2016 11:26:57 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations