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552nd 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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Stations

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Based Atcham

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People

  • Luther Abel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG 8AF USAAF as instructor. P-47C 41-6234 lost engine on local training flight on 9 Jan 1944. A/C broke out of undercast too low and crashed into a plowed field near Loughborough,...

  • Fred Barrett

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Theatre familiarisation with 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. End of War (EOW). ...

  • Herbert Belford

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in a training accident in P-47C 41-6178, crashed Dovedale road, Stoneygate, Leicester 15-Sep-44.

  • Benjamin Brew

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    While assigned 552nd FTS 495th FTG, 8th AF. Crash landed P-47C 41-6234 in English channel 1 mile offshore of Nevin. Lt Brew killed in crash. 23rd July 1944.

  • Joseph Buie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). ...

  • Richard Dunlap

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    On 4 Jul 1944, Richard Dunlap was flying P-47 41-6538 on non-operational flight over England from Atcham when the aircraft experienced engine failure. He attempted an emergency landing at RAF Station Wheaton but undershot the runway and rolled across a...

  • Raymond Foulkrod

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Warren Lobdell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 358th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 366FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission in P-47D 42-8415, Reported that he was low on fuel. Element leader, Erik Littlejohn, and he broke off to make the return flight to...

  • Daniel Lowers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 552FS, 495FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Pfaff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from training mission, part of a four ship formation, bounced by friendly P-47's pilot lost control in the break and crashed into a row of houses in Riverside Row, Upper Tean, Staffordshire....

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Aircraft

  • 41-6538 WELA KAHAO!, Flak Bait

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    This aircraft was the mount of Captains Walter J. Hollander and Stanley M. M. Anderson of the 334th fighter Squadron whilst it was with the 4th Fighter Group. ...

  • AD511

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD511 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • 42-7982

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 41-6533

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Crash Landing Destroyed by Fire Atcham/nr Sta 342 Cat 5 damage pilot Lt James K Andrews, 6-7-44.

  • 42-7981

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS 495FTG 8AF.

  • 41-6267

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FS, 495FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed during formation training flight. Accident occurred at 14:55hrs at Brick Kiln Farm, Whithurch, Shropshire. Pilot Lt Fay H Clark KIFA.

  • 41-6620 'Powers Girl'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1 Gunnery Target Flight, 6th Fighter Wing 8AF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in crash due to explosion Gerwyn Farm, Eynton Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt James...

  • 41-6178

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed Dovedale road, Stoneygate, Leicester A/C destroyed, pilot Lt Herbert C Belford KIA, 15-Sep-44.

  • 42-8481 'Muriel V'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred War Weary to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 41-6234 'Thumbs Up Doc' 'Sugar Baby'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 56FS, 62FG, 8AF USAAF, Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed Irish Sea, Off Nefyn, Nth Wales Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Benjamin A Brew KIFA, 23-Jul-44.

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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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