Republic P-47 Thunderbolt | 42-7863 | WD-C

Operator
335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF, USAAF
Aircraft model
P-47D-1-RE

This was Blakeslee's assigned aircraft in September 1943. Standard white ETO recognition bands on nose, vertical and horizontal tail surfaces. All Blakeslee's aircraft were coded WD-C, none carried any personal markings. Shot up in this machine 7/1/44, made forced landing at Mansion. Aircraft previously assigned as WD-E to Maj. Roy Evans. <br><br> Donald James Mathew Blakeslee, Fairport Harbor, Ohio. Joined 335th FS as CO 29/9/42, with rank of captain. He became major 12/1/43. Left squadron 19/5/43, became 4th Group Executive and Operations Officer and Lt.Col. on this date. Became Col. 8/3/44. Group CO from 1/1/44.


Aircraft model

P-47 "Thunderbolt"

Operator

Icon_32_flag_of_the_united_states.svg United States of America | Military

Registration number

WD-C

Serial number

42-7863

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt | 42-7863 | WD-C