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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 82FS, 82FG, 8AF USAAF. Assigned to Lt William H Genge, lost in this a/c 24-May-44 on bomber escort mission to Bremen, engine started running roughly, headed back to base and abandoned A/C over Alkmaar, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 5279.



  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • William Genge

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    A native of Warren, PA., USA, Bill Genge enlisted at 17 and became a World War II pilot stationed at Duxford, and spent nearly a year as a prisoner of war in Germany after his plane was shot down in 1944. He returned to Duxford fifty-five years later...


  • 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
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Assigned Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK 1943

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

Crashed Alkmaar, Netherlands 24 May 1944

Lt William H Genge, lost in this a/c 24-May-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 5279.


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18 April 2021 13:53:47 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, person associations and media associations

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MACR 5279 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database