Three airmen with a 'war-weary' P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 42-75105) at Saint Dizier, 1944. Image via M Beneresi. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'P-47 D, Saint Dizier A/F- 1944.'
The aircraft had previously served with the 361st FG, assigned to the 375th Fighter Squadron (coded E9-Z). When the unit cconverted to P-51s, their Thunderbolts were disbursed to other units. This ship appears to have been reassigned to the 511th Fighter Squadron (coded K4-WW), 405th FG. The 405th operated from St,. Dizier from November 1944 to the spring of 1945.
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Three airmen of the 361st Fighter Group with a 'war-weary' P-47 Thunderbolt (E9-Z, serial number 42-75105) at Saint Dizier, 1944. Image via M Beneresi. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'P-47 D, Saint Dizier A/F- 1944.'
The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...