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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

P-47 Thunderbolts of the 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, lined up on the grass at Horsham St. Faith air base. Passed for publication 10 May 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'The "Thunderbolt" - newest American fighter plane to reach Britain, Designed for fast speeds at high altitudes, the "Thunderbolts", newest American fighter plane to arrive in this country, has a wingspan of 41 feet, a 2,000 H.P. engine and a speed of over 400 M.P.H. Its ceiling, range and other details are still a secret. In the U.S. where it is in quantity production for the U.S.A.A.F. It is known as the P-47. Associated Press Photo shows: "Thunderbolts" lined up awaiting the take-off at a U.S. fighter station "somewhere in England".



  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron


  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:29 AAM AAM ingest

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