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  P-47D Thunderbolt Serial Number ?  
5th AF
35th FG
39th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Robert E. Thorpe, O-810434 (survived) Cranston, RI
Crashed  February 25, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Republic. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-47D Thunderbolt serial number unknown. Dissembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 39th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On February 25, 1944 took off piloted by 2nd Lt. Robert E. Thorpe on a mission. Over Nadzab Airfield the engine seized and Thorpe bailed out at low altitude and survived unhurt. He kept the D-ring from his parachute in his personal effects and it was sent home to his family after he went Missing In Action on May 27, 1944.

Gill Thorpe (brother)

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Last Updated
May 27, 2019


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