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A P-47D Thunderbolt (SX-M, serial number 42-22482) of the 352nd Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group resting on its right wing after landing poorly on a hardstanding at Metfield airbase on the 14th of October 1943.

Official caption on image: "(GAD-30-2-366) (Oct. 14 43) (A/C 42-22482 P-47D)."

Roger Freeman photo: - FRE 12173



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

  • 353rd Fighter Group

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    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

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  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
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Date Contributor Update
08 August 2017 17:19:48 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations