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Republic P-47C-5-RE Thunderbolt 41-6537 UN-Q of the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group. The mount of Lt. Wilfred A Van Abel [ in cockpit ]. No name on aircraft but imaginative artwork ! Lt. Van Abel became a POW on 2 September 1943 whilst flying this aircraft. Photo also shows UN-Q's crew chief Sgt Damon Itza on the wing, he went on to be 'Hub' Zemke's Crew chief in Sept 1943.



  • Wilfred Van Abel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    On 2-Sep-43 while piloting P-47C 41-6537 [UN:Q] 56FG/63FS 1LT Wilfred A. Van Able's flight was attacked by German aircraft near Armentierres, France and he was shot down. He was able to successfully parachute to the grouns and was captured as a Prioner...


  • 41-6537

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C-5-RE was assigned to the 56FG/63FS at Halesworth, UK. On 2 Sep-43 the aircraft was piloted by 1LT Wilfred A. Van Able and despatched to escort bombers. The flight was attacked by German fighters near Armentierres, France and 1LT Van Able was shot...


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06 November 2014 10:45:57 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations