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42-7853

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Lt Col. Donald J M Blakeslee.

Service

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Donald Blakeslee

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot, Commanding Officer | 4th Fighter Group
    Don Blakeslee was born on 11 September 1917 in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. As a boy, he became captivated with planes while watching the Cleveland National Air Races held only 30 miles away from his home at 529 7th St, Fairport Harbor, Ohio. In 1938,...

  • Sylvester Burke

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 3 x kills. Squadron commander 63FS. Transferred to HQ Sqn, VIII fighter command. Awards: DFC(3OLC), AM(3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF rising to Lt Colonel.

Places

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2016 14:08:51 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=7853&Submit=Search

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 19:13:27 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

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

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