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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt John T Allen.



  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • John Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 61st FS, 56th FG on 1 November 1944 and transferred to 79th FS, 20th FG on 28th September 1945.

  • William Bartle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. 63 x combat missions. Crashed near Tilburg on 18-Sep-44 in P-47 Evaded (EVD). End Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 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 1944

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 1944

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 22 June 1945

Forced landing due to Mechanical Failure Boxted Cat 3 damage 22-Jun-45. Pilot Lt William G Bartle.


Date Contributor Update
05 July 2016 14:06:28 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations