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On the 21st of September 2017 the engine was recovered from a point some 80m from the crash site. It had apparently been dug up and abandoned there, unfortunately the propellor set and possibly other items taken.



  • 84th Fighter Wing
  • 50th Fighter Group

    50th Fighter Group

    Before the build-up to D-Day, the group were based in the United States as part of the Fighter School Command and the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics. In spring 1944 though, like so many other fighter and bomb groups, the 50th Fighter Group...

  • 10th Fighter Squadron

    10th Fighter Squadron

    50th Fighter Group (Special). The group moved to the European Theater of Operations in the Spring 1944 expansion of Ninth Air Force in England in preparation for Operation Overlord. It flew its first combat mission on 1 May 1944. Lymington USAAF...


  • Edwin Johnston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    2nd Lt Edwin R. Johnston was a pilot of the 10th Fighter Squadron, flying Thunderbolts in the ETO. He was born on the 13th of August 1919 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Mark Graham Johnston and his wife Jessie (née Coogler) who were married in...


  • 42-75116

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    On the 19th of April 1944, this aircraft flown by 2nd Lt. Edwin Rogers Johnston was involved in a mid-air collission with another P-47D flown by Capt. William Richard Fleming. Both aircraft crashed, Johnston bailed out, slightly hurt, Fleming failed...


  • Lymington

    Military site : airfield
    Used by US units including the 50th Fighter Group. The present-day private grass airstrip is to the north of the Second World War airfield site.


Date Contributor Update
09 November 2017 22:08:35 RPR Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Photo taken at time of recovery