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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Salvaged 11-Mar-44 following crash-landing at RAF Manston with Lt Robert H Berkshire.



  • 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. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron


  • Robert Berkshire

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed at RAF sation Manston, Kent on 11-Mar-44 in P-47D 42-67748 and was injured. Returned to Duty (RTD). Crashed near Noyon on 27-Jun-44 in P-51 43-7167 Evaded (EVD). Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.


  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Evansville, IN, USA 1944

Built at Evansville.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 1944

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Manston, Ramsgate CT12, UK 10 March 1944

Crash-landing at RAF Manston with Lt Robert H Berkshire.

Salvaged Manston, Ramsgate CT12, UK 11 March 1944

Salvaged 11-Mar-44.


Date Contributor Update
02 July 2018 13:41:19 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, person associations and media associations

Corrected entry so that information now matches the source:

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2016 18:41:36 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations