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P-47 Thunderbolt



  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training 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...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron
  • 63rd Fighter Squadron


  • George Compton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to VIII fighter command. August 31, 1943, landed with low gas in tanks in Essex. Returned to service. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Reed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    20 December 1943 crash-landed in P47 near Dunwich, Suffolk with wheels up. RTD.


  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


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27 August 2018 08:56:54 Pyker Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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