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    Default Republic P47D-21RE Thunderbolt 42-25530

    Hi All,

    I am interested in any information at all as to the history of Republic P47 Thunderbolt serial 42-25530 coded IA-? (358 Fighter Group, 366 Fighter Squadron) prior to its crash just outside the perimeter of RAF Eshott in April 1944.

    We assume it was the third last P47 to be built at Republic's Farmingdale plant, New York.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Russ

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    Hi Russ,

    I suppose you already know these links but just in case...

    http://www.milfield.org.uk/fighter_leader_school_milfield.htm

    http://www.p47advocates.com/P47-Advocates.cfm?pageName=*NONE*&pContentName=incOldM essageBoard.cfm

    Pavel

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    Default Republic P47D-21RE Thunderbolt 42-25530

    No I didn't have these links Pavel,

    Thanks very much!

    Russ

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    Hi Russ,
    P47 42-25530 was built at Farmingdale and was fairly new, when it crashed it had 17hrs 50 mins flying time on it. The P 47 was on a course at RAF Milfield and had already flown one mission that day, Goswick ranges. Flown by 1st Lt Anthony Serapiglia it was on its second mission, a simulated attack on a convoy south of felton, Northumberland.
    Flying as No 4 in a 4 ship formation, Serapiglia disobayed an order to break off his attack and collided with Spitfire R 6762 of 57 OTU at 11-45 am, the Spitfire was flying in the circuit of RAF Eshott killing Sgt Kai A. Knagenhjelm of the Norwegian Air Force. The P 47 crashed into the centre of the communal site on the south side of RAF Eshott killing its pilot.
    A photo should be here showing the wreck The main part of the airfield is just beyond the buildings. Hope this helps.

    Best Wishes.
    Robert.

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    Sorry link seems to be bust.....new one. http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg140/northeagle/thunderbolt.jpg

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    Thanks Robert,

    I appreciate that, I already have that picture. The only part of the puzzle left is to try to locate the P47s history. I was wondering if US aircraft had the equivalent of our 78's??

    Thanks again Robert,

    Russ

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    Russ:

    You can email a request for info to Archie Difante at the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB and he will send you details from the movement card. I've just received two very speedy replies from him.

    Archangelo.Difante at MAXWELL dot AF dot MIL (replace 'at' and 'dot' and remove spaces)

    Regards:
    Robert

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    Default Republic P47D-21RE Thunderbolt 42-25530

    Cheers Robert,

    Thats very helpful!!

    Russ

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