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509th Fighter Squadron



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  • 405th Fighter Group

    405th Fighter Group

    The 405th Fighter Group was a fighter bomber unit of the United States Army Air Force in World War II. They group flew P-47 Thunderbolts in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) starting with the buildup to the Invasion of Normandy on "D-Day", ...

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Based Christchurch



  • Robert Blackburn

    Military | Major | 405th Fighter Group
    Radioed his wingman that he had to bail out. After that, not heard of any more.

  • Malcolm Erickson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 405th Fighter Group
    On 23 March, 1945, P47's of the 9th Air Force, including the 405th FG, were involved in attacks near Schermbeck, Dinslaken, Borken, Sudlohn Germ. Most likely, these attacks were in preparation of the Allied attack across the Rhine river that would...

  • Carl Hooper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 405th Fighter Group
    2nd Lieutenant Carl J. Hooper was born May 11, 1920. His next of kin were his mother, Velma Hooper, and a sister, Elizabeth Hooper. He was from Saugus, Massachusetts. ...

  • Vincent James

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 405th Fighter Group
    Lt. Vincent R. James of Lincoln, was killed in action over England on June 29, 1944, receiving posthumously the award of the Purple Heart. He was a fighter pilot, having graduated from Aloe Field, Victoria, Texas, December 5, 1943.

  • John Johnstone

    Military | Private First Class | 405th Fighter Group

  • Warren Myers

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 405th Fighter Group
    Flight Officer Warren G. Myers was born November 29, 1924. His next of kin were his parents, George and Anna Myers. He was from Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania. ...

  • Leslie Thompson

    Military | Captain | 405th Fighter Group

  • John Weir

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 405th Fighter Group

  • Lloyd Zahn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 405th Fighter Group


  • 42-26459 'Butch II' 'Eager Eddie' 'Portland Rose'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Col William B Bailey. Re-assigned to Lt Edward C Andrews. Transferred to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 509FS, 405FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) local test flight crashed...

  • 42-29128

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-76528

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-74726 "Hell's Belle"

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 5FG, 8AF USAAF. One time personal aircraft of 2nd Lt Charles F Anderson. Anderson claimed a Bf 109 destroyed and a second damaged while flying this aircraft on 30 January 1944. Transferred to 509FS 405FG 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-26643 'Aw Nuts !'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Collided with P-47D 42-75608 taxiing Raydon/Sta 157. 9-Jul-44. Transferred to 509FS, 405FG, 9AF.

  • 42-74699

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 509FS, 405FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 43-25453 Luger Luggin' Lulu

    P-47 Thunderbolt




Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:00:28 rossingtonj Changes to type

Type added.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:49 AAM AAM ingest

Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)