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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron.



  • 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...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron


  • Milton Anderson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 27th Air Transport Group
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 310FRS, 27ATG, 9AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post War: Remained in USAF till retirement Oct 68.

  • Philip Brooks

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 496th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 555FTS, 495FTG, 8AF. Transferred to 5ERS, 8AF. Transferred to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF. Transferred to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF. End of War (EOW). Awards: LOM, DFC, BSM, AM, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

  • Emer Cater

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Boulogne Mech fault on P-51B 43-6491 led to abort, oil leak severe, abandoned A/C 7 miles off White Cliffs of Dover into channel, despite an ASR Warwick being on the scene very...

  • Herbert Field

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into Channel in P-47 42-75570 hit by flak

  • Andrew Lemmens

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    June 1943-May 1944, to 370th FS, P-47D 42-8402 'Lucky Pearl'


  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

  • 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 June 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA July 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Crashed Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 6 July 1943

Take Off Accident Ground Collision Republic Field NY Cat 3 damage Parked Airplane.

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK August 1943

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

Transferred Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 1944

Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Boxted, Colchester, UK 21 May 1944

Crashed Belly Landing due to Mechanical Failure Boxted/Sta 150 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Milton A Anderson, 21-May-44.

310FrS 27ATG 8AF.

Transferred Halesworth IP19, UK June 1944

Transferred to 5ERS.

Crashed Boxted, Colchester, UK 7 August 1944

Landing Accident Boxted/Sta 150 Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Philip Brooks, 7-Aug-44.



Date Contributor Update
18 July 2016 14:21:28 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number

Date Contributor Update
18 July 2016 13:52:42 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations