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P-47 Thunderbolt

Crashed near Podington for unknown reasons while on a local gun camera flight on 13 Mar 1944.



  • 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 ...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron


  • Roy Wendell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Roy Wendell was based at Duxford with the 78th Fighter Group. On 13 March 1944 he was accidentally shot down by a fellow pilot while on a training exercise. Wendell’s P-47C 41-6223 crashed at Podington airfield. A local boy witnessed the crash, and...


  • 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...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...


Event Location Date
Crashed 13 March 1944


Date Contributor Update
26 April 2017 09:25:07 Lucy May Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations