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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed Dovedale road, Stoneygate, Leicester A/C destroyed, pilot Lt Herbert C Belford KIA, 15-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. ...

  • 27th Air Transport Group
  • 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...

  • 312th Ferry Squadron
  • 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...

  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron


  • Herbert Belford

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in a training accident in P-47C 41-6178, crashed Dovedale road, Stoneygate, Leicester 15-Sep-44.

  • Douglas Donalson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb 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...

  • 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...

  • Langford Lodge

    Military site : airfield
    Planned to be a Satellite Landing Ground for No. 23 Maintenance Unit at RAF Aldergrove, Langford Lodge was selected in October 1941 to be developed as an air deport for the maintenance and repair of USAAF aircraft. A scheme was devised whereby the...


Event Location Date
Crashed Langford Lodge, Largy Rd, Crumlin, Antrim BT29 4RT, UK 14 May 1944

Take Off Accident Langford Lodge/Sta 597 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Douglas C Donalson, 14-May-44.

312FRS 27ATG 8AF.

Crashed Stoneygate, Leicester, Leicester, Leicester LE2, UK 15 September 1944

Crashed Dovedale road, Stoneygate, Leicester Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Herbert C Belford KIA, 15-Sep-44.

552FTS 495FTG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
10 April 2016 19:07:48 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations