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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 510FS, 405FG, 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
  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 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...

  • 374th Fighter Squadron
  • 510th Fighter Squadron


  • Preston Collins

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Detached Service with 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. Returned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 1 x kill. ...


  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

  • 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
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1944

Built at Republic.

Delivered LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Queens, NY 11371, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 1944

Assigned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 13 February 1944

Landed at Bottisham with undercarriage failure on the return from a local formation flight on 13-Feb-44. Pilot Lt Preston B Collins.

Assigned Christchurch, UK 1945

Transferred to 510FS, 405FG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Lake Constance 25 May 1945

Mid Air Collision Lake Constance/land R75 Cat 3 damage Lt James A Gilson, 25-May-45.

P-47D 42-75155 - 510FS 405FG 9AF


Date Contributor Update
02 July 2018 11:32:45 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number and events

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2018 11:28:12 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations