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On 16 August 1943, [then] Lt. Col. Blakeslee's P-47 Thunderbolt WD-C, Serial No. 42-7863, was shot up by three Focke-Wulf Fw-190s - he was safely escorted home by Lt. James Goodson.



  • Donald Blakeslee

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot, Commanding Officer
    Don Blakeslee was born on 11 September 1917 in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. As a boy, he became captivated with planes while watching the Cleveland National Air Races held only 30 miles away from his home at 529 7th St, Fairport Harbor, Ohio. In 1938,...


  • 42-7863

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D Thunderbolt 42-7863 assigned 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF. Don Blakeslee's assigned A/C. ...


Date Contributor Update
12 April 2016 14:27:44 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and aircraft associations

AAM DB Entry correction.

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 19:20:30 apollo11 Created entry with caption, person associations and aircraft associations

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.