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P-47 Thunderbolt

Correct serial number of this P-47 was 42-7865. MACR 266 mentions 42-8765, but this is obviously a typo as this serial was allocated to a P-39.



  • 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...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron


  • George Spaleny

    Military | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) had mechanical failure and crashed near Gournay on 16 Aug 43 in P-47 #428765


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-105 BOMBER ESCORT

    16 August 1943
    A combined force of 180 P-47s (all with belly tanks) are despatched from : 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; and 353FG to escort VIII Bomber Command mission #83 attacking German airfields in France at Paris (Le Bourget), Poix and Abbeville. 3 aircraft Failed to Return ...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 16 August 1943

MACR 266


Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 10:57:38 Rainer Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, events and mission associations

MACR 266,

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

MACR 266 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database