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P-47 Thunderbolt

Initially assigned to the 78th Fighter Group, Lt. Peter W Klaassen made a belly landing at Duxford on 5th September 1944. Upon repair, this aircraft was reassigned to the 36th Fighter Group 23 Fighter Squardron and was lost on the 19th March 1945.



  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...


  • Peter Klaassen

    Military | First Lieutenant
    On 17th April 1945 1st Lt Peter W Klaassen witnessed the crash in Czechoslovakia of 1st Lt. A.A. Rosenblum. Rosenblum was M.I.A. but returned to his squadron at the end of the war. ...

  • Franklin Pursell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    (See the book 'Eagles of Duxford' pages 65 & 70 for references to Lt Purcell) He was assigned on 4/29/44.


  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 19 March 1945


Date Contributor Update
04 October 2016 19:00:09 Justyn Keeble Changes to person associations

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2016 18:59:11 Justyn Keeble Changes to media associations

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2016 18:30:34 Justyn Keeble Changes to nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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MACR 13173 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database