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P-47 Thunderbolt



  • 405th Fighter Group

    405th Fighter Group

    The 405th Fighter Group was a fighter bomber unit of the United States Army Air Force in World War II. They group flew P-47 Thunderbolts in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) starting with the buildup to the Invasion of Normandy ("D-Day") through...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron


  • Vincent James

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 405th Fighter Group
    Lt. Vincent R. James of Lincoln, was killed in action over England on June 29, 1944, receiving posthumously the award of the Purple Heart. He was a fighter pilot, having graduated from Aloe Field, Victoria, Texas, December 5, 1943.


  • Christchurch

    Military site : airfield
    The original Christchurch Airport operated from 1935-39, and the airfield was used by the RAF from 1939 to 1941. It was the site of the Airspeed Aircraft factiry from 1940 to 51. Christchurch was developed for USAAF use in 1943, and the Ninth Air Force...


Event Location Date
Crashed 29 June 1944

Destroyed in a crash on take off killing the pilot plus 13 people on the ground


Date Contributor Update
30 August 2016 22:49:36 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations