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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 61st FS, 56th FG, 8th AF, transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. New code 5F-I [42-75154W] W = War Weary.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron
  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • William Aggers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled out during navigation mission when visual contact with leader was lost in overcast in P47 41-6401 Returned to Duty RTD. 31-Dec-43. Transferred to 495FTG 8AF USAAF.

  • Donald Murphy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Grossenhain in P-51 'Adabelle' #4413786


  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Event Location Date
Delivered United States 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Halesworth, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19, UK 1943

Assigned to 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1943

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Transferred Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 1944

Transferred 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron

Crashed Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 28 August 1944

Taxiing accident Boxted/Sta 150 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Donald L Murphy, 28-8-44.

42-75154W 5th ERS 8AF

Manufactured Long Island, New York, USA

Built at Republic.


Date Contributor Update
10 November 2015 21:35:55 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events and person associations

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2015 14:46:58 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
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Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 15:07:54 general ira snapsorter Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations and media associations

Listed under 56th FG aircraft at Little Friends website