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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 328FS, 352FG. Failed to Return (FTR) shot down 9-Apr-44 Lt Frederick A Yochim Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3623.



  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 328th Fighter Squadron
  • 354th Fighter Squadron
  • 487th Fighter Squadron


  • Robert Berkshire

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed at RAF sation Manston, Kent on 11-Mar-44 in P-47D 42-67748 and was injured. Returned to Duty (RTD). Crashed near Noyon on 27-Jun-44 in P-51 43-7167 Evaded (EVD). ...

  • Henry Kucheman

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group

  • Frederick Yochim

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Osnabruck on 9-Apr-44 in P-47 42-8434, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3623 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).


  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built at Republic.

Delivered LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Queens, NY 11371, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1943

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 17 October 1943

Ground Accident Steeple Morden/Sta 122 Cat 3 damage [ground crew], 17-Oct-43.

P-47D 42-8434 - 354FS 355FG 8 AF

Assigned Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK November 1943

Transferred to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Germany 9 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) shot down 9-Apr-44 Lt Frederick A Yochim POW (POW). MACR 3623.


Date Contributor Update
16 July 2018 09:05:55 Lucy May Changes to unit associations

Disassociated from 9th Air Force after reviewing sources listed below - no evidence that the aircraft was part of the 9th AF.

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2018 13:33:52 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations

Corrected entry to match up with information on Little Friends: for '42-8434'

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2017 17:34:06 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:07 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 3623 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database