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P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt William C Brearley.



  • 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. ...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 359th Fighter Squadron


  • William Brearley

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD1). Rejoined for 2nd tour. 97 combat missions. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD2). Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (9OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Emanuel Curcio

    Military | Private First Class | 356th Fighter Group

  • Walter Kondziela

    Military | Corporal | Armament | 356th Fighter Group

  • Francis McGillivray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 356th Fighter Group
    AAFTS Lincoln, NB; Mech 42 Curtiss-Wright Service School; Pratt-Whitney in Hartford, CT; at MH 8/43 to 9/45


  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


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Date Contributor Update
11 April 2017 20:40:36 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations