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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF.



  • 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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 53rd Fighter Squadron
  • 83rd Fighter Squadron


  • Robert Bonebrake

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 5 x kills (3 x air, 2 x ground). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Manufactured 1944

Built at Republic.

Delivered 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned 1944

Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred 1945

Transferred to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Kassel, Germany 3 August 1945

Mid Air Collision 10-15miles SW Kassel Cat 3 damage Lt Louis E Yeager, 3-Aug-45.

P-47D 44-19750 - 53FS 36FG 9AF


Date Contributor Update
19 December 2016 17:46:58 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations