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In the foreground, the Republic P-47D-5-RE "Thunderbolt" 42-8496 named "Galloping Catastrophe" coded 5F-X. In the background, the Republic P-47D-11-RE Thunderbolt 42-75528 named "Diane III" coded 5F-H.



  • 65th Fighter Wing

    65th Fighter Wing

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  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron


  • Richard Akard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    First lieutenant in the Air Force during World War II, assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. Flew 90 European missions and received both the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal (5 OLC), as well as...


  • 42-75528 'Diane III'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron, 65 Fighter Wing, 8AF USAAF War Weary. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Richard R Akard Jr.

  • 42-8496 Galloping Catastrophe

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 5th ERS, 65FW, 8AF USAAF. Lost 13-Mar-45. Lt Thomas E Barket killed following mid-air collision with B-24 42-50359 'TARFU' from Seething.


  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Date Contributor Update
29 June 2016 16:06:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations