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42-22491

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from training mission, part of a four ship formation, bounced by friendly P-47's pilot lost control in the break and crashed into a row of houses in Riverside Row, Upper Tean, Staffordshire. Pilot 2Lt Donald M Pfaff Killed in Training Accident (KITA).

Service

Units

  • 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

    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...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 486th Fighter Squadron
  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron

People

  • Martin Corcoran

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 2 x kills. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Pfaff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from training mission, part of a four ship formation, bounced by friendly P-47's pilot lost control in the break and crashed into a row of houses in Riverside Row, Upper Tean, Staffordshire....

Places

  • 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...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Evansville, IN, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Assigned Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK 1944

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 1944

Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Upper Tean, Tean, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DZ, UK 14 July 1944

Fatal Crash Destroyed by Fire Upper Tean Cat 5 damage 2Lt Donald M Pfaff, 14-Jul-44.

P-47D 42-22491 - 552FTS 495FTG 8AF

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 July 2018 17:42:20 Al_Skiff Changes to description
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Date Contributor Update
18 July 2018 16:23:43 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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