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P-47 Thunderbolts of the 48th Fighter Group including (6M-K, serial number c), (F4-W_, serial number 42-26419), (6M-G, serial number 42-74675), (6M-T, serial number 42-75371), (serial number, 42-76470), (serial number 42-75428), lined up on grass, 1944.



  • 48th Fighter Group

    48th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in March 1944 and were stationed at Ibsley where the pilots trained in P-47s in preparation for the Allied invasion of Normandy. The wartime motto was in Latin 'vulneratus non victus' (Unconquered even though wounded). ...

  • 492nd Fighter Squadron
  • 494th Fighter Squadron


  • Irving Brayer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Communications and Photo Officer


  • 42-74675

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 464FS, 48FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Alecon, France with Lt Fred Larner; dive bombed road transport, bomb blast caused A/C to crash, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7926

  • 42-26419

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 492FS, 48FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-75238

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 464FS, 48FG, 9AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
26 August 2020 09:03:48 Emily Created entry with collection, caption and person associations

Photographs taken by First Lieutenant Irving Brayer, Photographic and Communications Officer of the 56th Fighter Group c. 1944, and researched and shared with the support of Peter Randall (webmaster of Little Friends) and Nathan Howland (author of 'The 8th Army Air Force in Color', Schiffer Publishing 2016)