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42-7998

P-47 Thunderbolt

Service

Units

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    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

People

  • Albert Costelnik

    Military | Sergeant | Asst crew chief
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief in charge of A/C coded A, 18-May-45 ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Sterner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ground crew | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Grant Turley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Grant Turley was born in Arizona. He served with the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group. He was shot down during fighter attacks and crashed south of Bremen, on an escort mission to Berlin on 6 March 1944 in his P-47D #42-7998 'Kitty'. ...

  • Alfred Turrow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force FO 262 BOMBER ESCORT

    6 March 1944
    A combined figther force of 801 figthers of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despatched to provide escort for heavy bombers attacking at Berlin, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Barenburg, Germany 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2014 11:40:49 Carl Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Turley Smith, Wanda; Lt Grant M Turley - Ace Fighter Pilot of World War II; (2006)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2975 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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