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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF.
Assigned to Lt. Cecil Manning 4FG 335 FS September 1943 per his logbook.



  • 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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 53rd Fighter Squadron


  • Peter Eaton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 36th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 53FS, 36FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Cecil Manning

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Joined the Royal Canadian Air Force Jul-41. After receiving his wings, he was posted to England and attached to the Royal Air Force. In Mar-43 he transferred to the USAAF. Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return target support mission,...


  • 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...

  • Kingsnorth

    Military site : airfield
    Kingsnorth was used as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943, with temporary runways and buildings. It was then used by the Ninth Air Force as an Advanced Landing Ground 1944, and was in 1944 home briefly to the 36th Fighter Group.


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Queens, NY 11371, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK September 1943

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Kingsnorth, Ashford, UK 1944

Transferred to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Kingsnorth, Ashford, Kent, UK 11 July 1944

Crashed on Take Off due to Engine Failure Kingsnorth/Sta 418 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Peter K Eaton, 11-Jul-44.

53FS 36FG 9AF.


Date Contributor Update
25 July 2017 10:28:05 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number and events

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2017 02:49:40 Baby Boy Changes to description and events

Lt. Cecil Manning's logbook

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2016 16:02:20 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations