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495th FTG 552nd FTS P-47C 41-6203 DQ-H_ "The Flying Ute" (L) / "Windy" (R). Seen on the wing is Lt. Warren E "Russell" Lobdell who used this a/c a number of times before being posted to his operational unit (358th FG 366th FS 9th AF). This a/c was previously Capt. Jack D Brown's UN-J with the 56th FG and as can be seen, retained his personal markings.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron


  • Warren Lobdell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 366FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission in P-47D 42-8415, Reported that he was low on fuel. Element leader, Erik Littlejohn, and he broke off to make the return flight to...


  • 41-6203 'The Flying Ute / Windy'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1GTTF, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
15 May 2017 21:36:55 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations