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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 397FS, 368FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon to Aachen with Vernon V Murphy 21-Oct-44, chasing FW190 on the deck, hit by ground fire possibly friendly, A/C set afire and abandoned POW MACR 9785



  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 368th Fighter Group

    368th Fighter Group

    The 368th Fighter Group flew P-47s in combat from England from March 1944. In the days after D-Day the Group supported Allied ground troops fighting in the Cherbourg penisula and then around St. Lo. The Group received a DUC for flying seven missions in...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron
  • 397th Fighter Squadron


  • Charles Cunningham

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    From Revere, MA, Capt. Charles V. Cunningham enlisted on 16 January 1941 in Boston. Assigned to the 370th Fighter Squadron in April 1943 Capt. Cunningham flew 94 combat missions over two tours of duty with the 359th Fighter Group before returning home...

  • Vernon Murphy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 368th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 397FS, 368FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon to Aachen in P-47 ...


  • Chilbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as a grass airfield Relief Landing Ground for RAF Middle Wallop, Chilbolton was used as a fighter and Army Co-operation base during 1940-42. Enlarged and upgraded with a tarmac-surface hard perimeter track, some double blast pens and other...

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Event Location Date
Assigned East Wretham, UK 1943

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Chilbolton, UK 1944

Transferred to 397FS, 368FG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Aachen, Germany 21 October 1944 – 21 October 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon to Aachen, A/C abandoned. MACR 9785


Date Contributor Update
05 April 2021 11:30:35 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:04 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 9785 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database