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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 56FS, 62FG, 8AF USAAF, Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed Irish Sea, Off Nefyn, Nth Wales Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Benjamin A Brew KIFA, 23-Jul-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. ...

  • 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...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron
  • 62nd Fighter Squadron


  • Luther Abel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG 8AF USAAF as instructor. P-47C 41-6234 lost engine on local training flight on 9 Jan 1944. A/C broke out of undercast too low and crashed into a plowed field near Loughborough,...

  • Benjamin Brew

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    While assigned 552nd FTS 495th FTG, 8th AF. Crash landed P-47C 41-6234 in English channel 1 mile offshore of Nevin. Lt Brew killed in crash. 23rd July 1944. Awards: PH.

  • John Bryant

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. 78 x missions, credited 2 x victories. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 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...

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic Aviation.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK August 1943

Assigned to 56FS, 62FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Halesworth, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19, UK 8 September 1943

Taxiing Accident Halesworth/Sta 365 Cat 3 damage [ground crew], 8-Sep-44.

62FS 56FG 8AF

Transferred Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK January 1944

Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Loughborough, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK 9 January 1944

Crash Landing due to Engine Failure Nr Loughborough Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Luther J Abel, 9-Jan-44.

552FTS 495FTG 8AF.

Crashed Irish Sea, Off Nefyn, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53, UK 23 July 1944

Crashed Irish Sea Off Nefyn, Nth Wales Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Benjamin A Brew KIFA, 23-Jul-44.

552FTS 495FTG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
20 June 2016 12:27:15 Al_Skiff Changes to markings and media associations

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2016 11:48:23 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2016 20:41:36 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations