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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred War Weary to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.



  • 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. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 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...

  • 328th Fighter Squadron
  • 487th Fighter Squadron
  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron


  • Earl Abbott

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 89FS, 80FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 322FS, 326FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Aachen area. Last seen in pursuit of enemy A/C near Aachen in P-51D 'Flossie III' 44-14710 24-Jan...

  • Ray Cornick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ramrod to Wilhelmshaven in P-47D 42-8563. Attempting to catch formation prior to climb on instruments through overcast, overshot formation and not seen thereafter, crashed into North Sea....

  • Harold Lund

    Military | Colonel | fighter pilot-1055 single engine/group commander | 352nd Fighter Group
    CO 328th FS 352nd FG Jan. 1944 - July 1944 CO 369th FG May 1945 Aug 1945 Col USAF retired dec'd P-47D s/n 42-8481 PE+L "Muriel V" P-51B PE+L "Muriuel VI"


  • 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...

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Crashed Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 24 September 1944

Landing Accident Atcham/Sta 342 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Wayne C Gatlin, 24-Sep-44.

440924 P-47D 42-8481W 552FTS 495FTG 8AF

Crashed Le Bourget, France 26 February 1945

Crashed Le Bourget Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Edward S Szymanski KIA, 26-Feb-45.

386FS 365FG 9AF.


Date Contributor Update
19 June 2016 12:19:05 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description and events

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2016 12:14:24 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations