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P-47 Thunderbolt




  • Lloyd Thornell

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into North Sea on during a support mission to Wilhelmshaven in P-47D #42-75135. Earlier, Aug 16, 1943 on returning from a Ramrod mission to France landed wheels up at first field sighted out of gas in P47 42-8372 ...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-105 BOMBER ESCORT

    16 August 1943
    A combined force of 180 P-47s (all with belly tanks) are despatched from : 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; and 353FG to escort VIII Bomber Command mission #83 attacking German airfields in France at Paris (Le Bourget), Poix and Abbeville. 3 aircraft Failed to Return ...


  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...


Event Location Date
Crashed RAF Lewes Site D 16 August 1943

Belly landed at RAF Lewes Site D after running out of gas, pilot Lloyd A. Thornell (351FS/353FG). Aircraft repaired and returned to service.

Crashed RAF King's Cliffe 4 July 1944

Badly damaged in taxiing accident at AF King's Cliffe, pilot Barton M. Russell (HQ, 66th FW). Aircraft believed repaired and used as formation monitor by 100th BG.


Date Contributor Update
20 May 2017 01:46:55 fugari Changes to person associations


Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 12:18:11 Rainer Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations