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P-47 Thunderbolt



  • 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...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • William Grosvenor

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Note : The 1930 US Census for Colfax, Jasper County, Iowa has him as Billie D. Grosvenor, the 1940 one as Billy D... ...

  • Robert Rankin

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Most memorable--5 Me-109s destroyed on 12 May, 1944, one was on Zemke's tail. DSC/ DFC 3Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM (4)/ BS/ LM/ AAFCM 10 kills/5 in one day


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 20 March 1944


Date Contributor Update
21 May 2020 09:31:59 Pyker Changes to unit associations, person associations and place associations

Corrected units associated as 356th FG was incorrect.

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2016 21:00:01 Pyker Changes to serial number and nicknames

Corrected typo in serial number of aircraft.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:03 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 3397 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database