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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 552FS, 495FG, 8AF 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron
  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • Louis Cross

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Louis Cross served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group. Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Hewitt

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Richard Hewitt served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group. ...

  • Gray Mashburn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 552FS, 495FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed in P-47 41-6345 2.5 miles N/E Atcham. Died non Battle (DNB) Awards: PH.


  • 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...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Assigned Duxford, UK 1943

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Atcham, UK 1944

Transferred 552FS, 495FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 2.5 miles NE Atcham, UK 5 May 1944

A/C Crashed 2.5 miles NE Atcham. Lt Gray A Mashburn DNB


Date Contributor Update
02 April 2021 19:05:22 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations