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Lt. William R Aggers, [Hubbard, OH] 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75154 HV-A_ “Sad Sam”.



  • 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. ...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter 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...

  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron
  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • William Aggers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled out during navigation mission when visual contact with leader was lost in overcast in P47 41-6401 Returned to Duty RTD. 31-Dec-43. Transferred to 495FTG 8AF USAAF.


  • 42-75154 'Sad Sam'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 61st FS, 56th FG, 8th AF, transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. New code 5F-I [42-75154W] W = War Weary.


  • 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...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Date Contributor Update
18 February 2015 14:33:20 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations