Squadren Aircraft

Excerpts from the manuscript  “Wild Bill Crump”, written by S.E Crump and (c) J.W.CRUMP & S.E.CRUMP.

P-47 THUNDERBOLT

(As it is impossible to say with any certainty which P-47`s were on strength with the Squadron when Bill, Ray and Andy were first assigned to the 360th this listing attempts to identify all aircraft assigned to the squadron during their ETO operations but excludes aircraft used at Grenier Field)

42-22469 (P-47D-2-RA) Old Master PI-?

MIA 9th Sept 44 Lt John H Garlent KIA (MACR 8656).
42-22479 (P-47D)

From 361st FS

MIA 23rd May 44 Lt Garlent F Moyer KITA.

42-22524 (P-47D) Grace
MIA 29th Aug 44 Lt Thomas D Teel KIA (MACR 8316).
42-25524 (P-47D-21-RE) Grace PI-?
MIA 29th August 44 Teel
42-22534 (P-47D-2-RA) PI-?
42-22535 (P-47D-2-RA) Kathleen Anne PI-N

Assigned Capt Raymond R Withers

MIA 20th March 44 F/O Howard P Maupin. Evaded (MACR 3394).

42-22542 (P-47D-2-RA) PI-?
MIA 30th December 43 F/O Everett L Brock KIA (MACR 1971).
42-22780 (P-47D-4-RA) PI-H
Crash landing RAF Hawkinge 13th May 44 Lt Joseph B Hepfer

42-22786 (P-47D-4-RA) PI-?
42-22789 (P-47D-4-RA) PI-R
Crew Chief S/Sgt Abraham Kacher, mechanic S/Sgt Salvadore Gonsalves? Involved in ground accident while parked with 42-28582 21st Oct 44, (repaired)
42-25294 (P-47D-15-RE) PI-?
MIA 19th May 44 Cook
42-25302 (P-47D) PI-?
42-25415 (P-47D) PI-I
42-25531 (P-47D-21-RE) PI-T
Assigned Group CO Philip E Tukey Jr.
42-245534 (P-47D-21-RE) PI-C
Assigned Maj Norman D. Cota Jr.
42-25534 (P-47D-21-RE) Viscious Virgin PI-G
Assigned Lt Robert (Stu) S. Gleason.
42-25535 (P-47D-21-RE) Miss Ginny PI-A
Assigned Lt Edward M Nebinger
42-25571 (P-47D-22-RE) Joker PI-M

Assigned Capt Roland J Halverston.

MIA 20th July 44 Capt Carman F Rhoades POW (MACR 6836).

42-25590 (P-47D) PI-?
42-25861 (P-47D-22-RE) PI-?
MIA 9th September 44 Lt Harry F Rideout KIA (MACR 8657).
42-25997 (P-47D-22-RE) PI-?
MIA 6th June 44 F/O Emil F Sova POW (MACR 5566).
42-26030 (P-47D-22-RE) PI-S
42-26147 (P-47D-22-RE) PI-?
42-26240 (P-47D-22-RE) PI-O

Assigned Capt Robert C L’Heureux

Taxi accident MH 5th July 44 Capt L’Heureux

42-26254 (P-47D-22-RE) PI-D
Crash landing 29th July 44 RAF Woodbridge Capt Robert C L’Heureux.
42-26271 (P-47D-22-RE) PI-L

Assigned Leathers

MIA 12th August 44 Lt Herbert P (Phil) Causer Evaded (MACR 7613)

42-26289 (P-47D-22-RE) Georgia’s Best PI-N

Assigned Lt Durwood B Mercer

MIA 4th November 44 F/O Willard W Royer KIA (MACR 10242).

42-26309 (P-47D-22-RE) Georgia’s Best PI-N

Assigned Lt Durwood B Mercer.

Crash landing MH 31st August 44 Lt Carlton L Welch.

42-26322 (P-47D-22-RE) Jackie PI-W
Assigned Capt John (Wild Bill) W. Crump.
42-26415 (P-47D-25-RE) Judy PI-T
Assigned Group C.O. Colonel Phillip E. Tukey
42-26553 (P-47D-25-RE) Jersey Mosquito PI-V
Assigned Squadron C.O. Maj John W Vogt Jr.
42-26563 (P-47D-25-RE) Knapp Sack PI-W

Assigned Lt Lester W Knapp

MIA 12th August 44 Lt Knapp KIA (MACR 7615).

42-26565 (P-47D-25-RE) Lone Star Lady PI-U

Assigned Lt Shirley J Green, named from hometown Aransas Pass TX.

LOST 18th August 44 Lt Green.

42-26579 (P-47D-25-RE) Texas Lady PI-X

Assigned Capt Roy B Bluhm

Taxi accident MH 31st Aug 44 Lt Clyde M Taylor

42-26683 (P-47D-25-RE) Mugsy PI-C
MIA 9th September 44 Lt Robert M Leidy KIA (MACR 8655).
42-27314 (P-47D-27-RE) PI-?
A/C struck by its own belly tank 17th October 44 (left stabiliser) on mission to Cologne F/O Dante G Ciocchi.
42-28283 (P47D-26-RA) Kathleen Anne PI-Q
Assigned Ray Withers, named after pilot and crew chief names repectively.
42-28472 (P-47D-28-RA) Podunk 111 PI-D

Assigned Lt Westwood H Fletcher

MIA 17th Sept Lt Fletcher Evaded.

42-28583 (P-47D-28-RA) PI-Q
Taxi accident 21st October 44 (with parked 42-22789) crew chief S/Sgt Librandi
42-28664 (P-47D-28-RA) Squirt PI-B
Assigned Bob Barnhart.
42-28919 (P-47D) Florida Gator PI-?
Assigned Lt Clyde M Taylor.
42-74638 (P-47D-6-RE) Nashville Bell PI-D

Assigned Lt Charles J Garvey Jr, named for hometown Nashville TN

MIA 20th March 44 Lt Garvey POW (MACR 3395).

42-74639 (P-47D-6-RE) Kitten 111 PI-V

Assigned Lt William E Johnson Jr, named after pet name for his wife.

MIA 10th April 44 Lt Johnson KIA (MACR 3756).

42-74655 (P-47D-6-RE) PI-?
42-74662 (P-47D-6-RE) Big Dick PI-?

Assigned Lt Phillip E McCullough, named after father Richard McCullough.

MIA 20th March 44 Lt McCullough POW (MACR 3397).

42-74714 (P-47D-6-RE) Gremlin Express PI-B

Assigned Maj Norman D. Cota Jr.

To 361st FG 375th FS as E2-F.

42-74731 (P-47D-6-RE) Joker PI-M

Assigned Capt Roland J Halverson.

Crash landing MH 27th March 44 Capt Halverson.

42-75134 (P-47D-10-RE) PI-?
MIA 23rd April 44 Lt Daughtry L Hall POW (MACR 4325).
42-75272 (P-47D-11-RE) Hard Luck PI-P
MIA 14th June 44 Lt Fred C Phillips Jr POW (5752).
42-75625 (P-47D-15-RE) PI-?
MIA 6th June 44 Lt George E Kariva POW (MACR 5568).
42-76066 (P-47D-15-RE) PI-A

Landing accident 15th October 44 Lt John E Blewett.

To 365th FG 387th FS 9th AF.

42-76101 (P-47D-15-RE) PI-O

Assigned Capt Robert C L’Heureux.

Crash landing MH 19th May 44 Lt Joseph P Hepfer WIA.

42-76135 (P-47D-15-RE) PI-?
MIA 27th April 44 Capt John B Stafford Jr KIA (MACR 4413).
42-76147 (P-47D-15-RE) PI-W

Assigned Lt Carl W Dunn.

MIA 9th April 44 Lt Dunn KIA (MACR ????)

42-76171 (P-47D-15-RE) PI-?
42-76204 (P-47D-15-RE) Bright Eyes PI-F
Assigned Lt Charles J Servocky
42-76223 (P-47D-15-RE) PI-A

Assigned Maj Joseph R Williams.

Crash landing MH 17th March 44 Maj Williams.

42-76353 (P-47D-15-RE) Naughty Patricia PI-?
MIA 17th September 44 F/O John P Tucker KIA (MACR 8798).
42-76396 (P-47D-15-RE) PI-?
MIA 21st May 44 Lt Edwin E Anderson POW (MACR 5105).
42-76431 (P-47D-15-RE) PI-?
MIA 8th June 44 Lt Joseph Obosla KIA (MACR 5570).
42-76449 (P-47D-15-RE) PI-G

Assigned Capt Hunter D Parker

MIA 11th April 44 Capt Parker POW (MACR 3757).

42-76493 (P-47D-15-RE) PI-?
MIA 20th March 44 Lt Robert A Robinson POW (MACR 6835).
42-76499 (P-47D-15-RE) PI-Q
MIA 21st May 44 Lt Wallace G Maxwell KIA (MACR 5106)
42-8469 (P-47D-5-RE) Jersey Bounce
Assigned Lt Alex S Koczak
42-8474 (P-47D-5-RE) PI-G
Assigned Capt Hunter D Parker.
42-8502 (P-47D-5-RE) Hell’s Angel PI-W

Assigned Lt Julius B Asbridge

MIA 29th November 43 Lt Asbridge POW (MACR 1436).

42-8507 (P-47D-5-RE) PI-?
MIA 11th February 44 Capt Byron A Evans KIA (MACR 2296).
42-8533 (P-47D-5-RE) PI-K
MIA 20th May 44 Lt Alexander S Koczak POW (MACR 5102).
42-8535 (P-47D-5-RE) Red Dog PI-J

Assigned Capt Henry B McLaughlin, named due to pilot’s luck at Red Dog Poker.

Taxi accident 30th March 44 Capt Westwood H Fletcher Jr.

42-8668 (P-47D-5-RE) PI-?
MIA 11th November 43 Lt Dolar A Martin KIA (MACR 1450).
43-25294 (P-47D) PI-?
MIA 19th May 44 Lt Edwin D Cook POW (MACR 5103)
43-25302 (P-47D-20-RA) PI-?
MIA 19th May 44 Lt Allen A Perryman Jr POW (MACR 5104).
43-25590 (P-47D-21-RA) PI-?
MIA 31st May Lt Lawrence L Goldwasser POW (MACR 5403)
44-19861 (P-47D-28-RE) Chesapeake Beach PI-Z
Assigned Lt Norwood C. Douglas
44-19894 (P-47D-28-RE) Jersey Panic PI-C
Assigned Capt Bernard Borelli, named from hometown Malaga, NJ.
44-19936 (P-47D-28-RE) PI-?

INCOMPLETE P-47’s

Francis’ Favorite PI-?
Assigned Lt Charles W Adams, named after mother Frances Adams.
Texas Lady PI-L
Assigned Capt Roy B Bluhm Jr
Jersey Panic PI-Y
Assigned Capt Bernard Borelli
Thundering Three PI-M
Assigned Capt Donald D Carlson.
Quirk’s Dark Horse PI-B
Assigned Capt James R Cook, named after girlfriend Mary Jane Quirk.
Quirk’s Dark Horse 11 PI-B
Assigned Capt James R Cook, named after girlfriend Mary Jane Quirk.
PI-E
Assigned Capt Bertrum E Ellingson.
Podunk PI-D
Assigned Capt Westwood H Fletcher Jr.
Podunk 11 PI-D
Assigned Capt Westwood H Fletcher Jr.
Podunk V PI-D ?
Assigned Capt Westwood H Fletcher Jr.
Lone Star Lady PI-?
Assigned Lt Shirley J Green, named from hometown Aransas Pass TX.
Kitten PI-?
Assigned Lt William E Johnson Jr, pet name for wife.
Dear Alean PI-F
Assigned Capt Lester F Kress, named after start of letters to girlfriend Alean Brisley.
Fancy Nancy PI-K
Assigned Maj Andrew E Krieger Jr
Jeanie – Janet PI-J
Assigned Lt Robert M Leidy.
Adolph’s Horror PI-?
Assigned Lt Wallace G Maxwell.
The Cape Codder PI-?
Assigned Capt Albert V Niemi, named after home town Cape Cod.
Franny Boy/Mayor of Turner Falls PI-O
Assigned Capt Edward W. Pleasant

Black Jack PI-?