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551st Fighter Training Squadron

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  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

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    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

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  • Donald Casebier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. In P-47D 42-74640 involved in Mid Air Collision with P-47 41-6233. 23-Sep-44. KIFA.

  • William Chapman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Louis Cross

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Louis Cross served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group. Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Heagney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Pilot P-47 Thunderbolt 41-6233. Mid Air Collision in P-47 41-6233 with P-47 42-74640, pilot 2nd Lt John D Heagney, Tibberton Green Farm, Tibberton, KIA. 23-9-44.

  • Erwin Miller

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 2906th Observation Training Group
    A native of Oakland, California, Miller had previously been a member of No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron prior to the unit becoming the 336th Fighter Squadron. ...

  • Harry Roff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 495th Fighter Training Group

  • John Woods

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Johnny was a graduate of Woodlawn High School and attended Howard College, where he was a member of Lamda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He joined the Army Air Force in January 1942, and received his wings and commission at Napier Field, Dothan, December, 1942....

Aircraft

  • 42-8442

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. W/W Hack for 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Formation monitor for the 91st Bomb Group at Bassingbourn.

  • 42-26637 Kokomo

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 41-6530 Windy

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 41-6233

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF. 9-43. Forced Landing Engine Failure Cat 4 damage, pilot Clemens A Fiedler, Debden/Sta 356. 2-9-43. ROS, Assigned 551FTS, 495FTG, 8th AF. 9-44, Mid Air Collision with Thunderbolt 42-74640 Cat 5, pilot 2nd Lt John D...

  • 41-6195

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 551st Fighter Training Squadron 495th Fighter Training Group 8AF USAAF. During formation immelman manoeuvre, aborted manoeuvre and in recovery A/C stalled and 'flicked' into a spin. Pilot baled out from...

  • 42-7936 "Pistol Packin Mama"

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of (then) Lt. Fonzo "Snuffy" D. Smith. Transferred to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 493FS, 48FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 41-6217

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C Thunderbolt initially with 82FS, 78FG, 8AF transferred to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF. ...

  • AD564

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD564 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • 41-6206

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt P-47C-2-RE 41-6206 'WD-H' 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF. Later on strength with 551st FTS, 495th FTG, 8th AF. Crashed 1 mile east of Condover, Shropshire, during local aerobatics training flight, Cat 5 damage DBR. Pilot Charles R Griffin KIFA, 2...

  • 41-6202

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6202 QP-T 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF assigned to pilot Capt Alfred H 'Hoppy' Hopson. Transferred to 551st Fighter Training Squadron 495th Fighter Training Group 8AF.

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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