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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt George N Ahles. Transferred to 6th Tactical Air Depot 9AF USAAF.



  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron


  • George Ahles

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Enlisted USAAC Nov-39. Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron. Qualified for pilot training Nov-40. Entered Aviation Cadets Jan-42. Presented wings Nov-42. Advanced pilot training Sep-42. Married Sep-42. Joined 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF nucleus Dec-42....


  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK August 1943 – March 1944

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed London Biggin Hill Airport (BQH), Main Rd, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Greater London TN16 3BH, UK 25 September 1943

Landing Accident RAF Biggin Hill Cat 4 damage, pilot 1st Lt George N Ahles, 25-Sep-43.

351FS 353FG 8AF

Transferred Membury, Axminster, Devon EX13, UK March 1944 – October 1944

Transferred to 6th Tactical Air Depot 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Membury, Axminster, Devon EX13, UK 23 August 1944

Landing Accident Membury/Sta 466 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Robert G Ramsey, 23-Aug-44.

6TAD 466 9


Date Contributor Update
28 June 2016 15:47:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations