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Franklin R Pursell


(See the book 'Eagles of Duxford' pages 65 & 70 for references to Lt Purcell) He was assigned on 4/29/44.


Units served with

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 83rd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-75610 'Muscle Bound #2'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Chartres. A/C Abandoned after propellor ran away. Pilot 2Lt Lawrence Casey baled out after engine failure near Bernay, France. EVD MACR 5581.

  • 43-25528 Noamie Vee

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Initially assigned to the 78th Fighter Group, Lt. Peter W Klaassen made a belly landing at Duxford on 5th September 1944. Upon repair, this aircraft was reassigned to the 36th Fighter Group 23 Fighter Squardron and was lost on the 19th March 1945.

  • 42-75196 L'il Eva

    P-47 Thunderbolt


Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Maywood, Illinois


Date Contributor Update
22 May 2019 14:03:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:14 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list