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P-47 Thunderbolt



  • 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...

  • 360th Fighter Squadron


  • Lester Knapp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Lester Knapp flew missions with the 356th Fighter Group from March 1944. He was Killed in Action (KIA) on 12 August 1944 when P-47 PI-W 'Knapp Sack' 42-26563 was hit by light flak, hit the ground and exploded while strafing a small marshalling yard at...


  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 12 August 1944


Date Contributor Update
04 April 2018 12:34:37 Lucy May Changes to nicknames and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:19 AAM AAM ingest

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