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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 3rd Air Divison, 8AF USAAF.



  • Headquarters Squadron (3rd Air Division)
  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron
  • 83rd Fighter Squadron


  • William Bailey

    Military | Lieutenant General | Air Executive; Deputy Commanding Officer | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. 186 x combat missions. Credited 3 x kills (air), 3 x kills (ground). ...

  • Carrol Bender

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    July 25, 1943 crash landed in B-17 #42-30356 at RAF base at Norfolk on one engine. Salvaged non battle damage. Crashed at Little Snoring Airfield Norfolk

  • Gordon Burlingame

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Experienced three times that he lived but should not have. Wasn't an ace (had only 3 kills) but preferred this. Always aimed for the boiler when firing on trains to allow the engineer a chance to escape alive (according to daughter's remarks in...

  • Robert Geurtz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 27th Air Transport Group


  • 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...

  • 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 Evansville, IN, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered Grissom Joint Air Reserve Base, IN, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK 1943

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

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK July 1943

Transferred to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 11 August 1943

Landing Accident Martlesham Heath/Sta 366 Cat 3 Lt William B Bailey, 11-Aug-43.

P-47D 42-22482 - 352FS 353FG 8AF

Crashed Metfield, Harleston IP20, UK 14 October 1943

Belly landed on return from Schweinfurt raid, damaged by Me109. Pilot Lt Robert P Geurtz.

Assigned Attlebridge, Norwich, UK May 1944

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 3rd Air Divison, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Attlebridge, Norwich, UK 7 June 1944

Crash Landing due to Engine Failure Attlebridge/Sta 120 Cat 4 damage Lt Carroll J Bender, 7-Jun-44.

P-47D 42-22482 - Hq 3AD 8AF


Date Contributor Update
08 August 2017 15:45:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Bloody Skies: U.S. Eighth Air Force Battle Damage in World War II By Nicholas A. Veronico