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42-26459

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Col William B Bailey. Re-assigned to Lt Edward C Andrews. Transferred to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 509FS, 405FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) local test flight crashed Ophoven 1st Lt Arthur W Bachman Killed in crash DNB. 31-Mar-45. MACR 13679.

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    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...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 405th Fighter Group

    405th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron
  • 361st Fighter Squadron
  • 509th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Edward Andrews

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • 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). ...

  • Frank Morgan

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 356th Fighter Group

Places

  • 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...

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered New York, NY, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 1943

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

Transferred Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 1944

Transferred to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Christchurch, UK 1945

Transferred to 509FS, 405FG, 9AF USAAF

Crashed 3640 Ophoven, Belgium 31 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) local test flight crashed Ophoven 1st Lt Arthur W Bachman DNB 31-Mar-45. MACR 13679.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2016 15:09:36 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-26459&Submit=S...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-26459&Submit4=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/42057382

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 13679 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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