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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Capt Leroy Gover flew this aircraft on the very first P-47 mission, 10 March 1943. Transferred to



  • 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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 406th Fighter Group
  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • 513th Fighter Squadron


  • LeRoy Gover

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Leroy Gover lived in San Carlos, California. He had the 'bug' for flying and soloed a biplane on his sixteenth birthday. After graduating from high school he helped his father build homes, and learned the skills necessary to become a builder himself....

  • Robert Hobert

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Robert Hobert was from Woodland, Washington. He was assigned to the 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF and transferred to the 336th fighter squadron, 4th Fighter Group, in May 1943 staying until April 1944. ...

  • Walter Mehn

    Military | Technical Sergeant

  • George Villinger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    George Villinger has joined the 336th Fighter Squadron as a replacement pilot in August 1943. ...


  • Ashford

    Military site : airfield
    Built as an Advanced Landing Ground for the RAF in 1942-1943, Ashford was improved and made ready for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. The 406th Fighter Group operated from the airfield in 1944, before the airfield was returned to RAF use and returned to...

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...


Event Location Date
Crashed Ashford, Ashford, Kent, UK 10 July 1944

Take Off Accident Ashford/Sta 417 Cat 5 damage John W Hughes II, 10-Jul-44.

513FS 406FG 9AF.


Date Contributor Update
16 May 2016 22:33:28 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 16:17:54 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.