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42-7863

P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D Thunderbolt 42-7863 assigned 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF. Don Blakeslee's assigned A/C.
Set upon and shot up by 3 x Fw190's. Although heavily oil streaked, he brought it safely back to Debden thanks to Jim Goodson, who shot one of them off his tail and provided escort to base, 16 August 1943.
Crashed belly landing Illesheim/R-10, Germany, Cat 3 damage, pilot Charles J Kozak 410th FS, 373rd FG, 9th AF, 5-6-45.

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...

  • 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...

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,...

  • George Carpenter

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Major Carpenter was born 14 May 1917 in Townville, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Oil City, where he graduated from high school in 1935. he attended Grove City College, meanwhile taking flight instruction under the Civilian Pilot Training Program. ...

  • Roy Evans

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    As a youth, he was raised on a ranch near Santa Rosa, California. When his parents separated, he and his siblings lived with an English couple. While working at the railroad he wanted to be able to serve in defence of his country, so he took up...

  • Victor France

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Victor France was from Dallas, Texas, and he appropriately named his P-47 and later his ...

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built by Republic.

Delivered United States 1943

To USAAF.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK June 1943

Assigned to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF. 1943.

E/A Destroyed Arnhem, Netherlands 28 July 1943

Bf109 destroyed 15 miles W Arnhem, pilot Capt Roy W Evans 28/7/43.

E/A Damaged Arnhem, Netherlands 28 July 1943

Fw190 damaged 15 miles W Arnhem, pilot Capt Roy W Evans 28/7/43.

Combat damage France 16 August 1943

Set upon and shot up by 3 x Fw190's. Although heavily oil streaked, he brought it safely back to Debden thanks to Jim Goodson, who shot one of them off his tail and provided escort to base, 16-8-43.

Transferred Beauvechain Air Base, 1320 Beauvechain, Belgium April 1945

Transferred to 410th FS, 373rd FG, 9th AF.

Crashed Illesheim, Germany 5 June 1945

Crashed Belly Landing Illesheim/R-10, GER. Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Charles J Kozak, 410FS, 373FG, 9AF. 5-6-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2015 21:33:09 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-7863&Submit=Se...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-7863
http://fighter-aces.com/aircraft/allied/american/republic-thunderbolt/
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_evans_r_w.php

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