P-47C Thunderbolt Fighter Pilot...

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  1. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

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    Before my dad passed, he and I were talking about WWII. We spoke of several of his friends that served, as did he. My dad's best friend from college, quit before graduating (just like my dad did, to join the Navy...) and joined the Army Air Corp in 1942. He made Outstanding Cadet, trained and was assigned to the 78th Fighter Group in Duxford in 1943. He was in the 83rd Fighter Squadron flying P-47 Thunderbolts. On his 5th mission, he was returning to Duxford and in heavy weather/cloud cover, crashed at Barking nr Needham Market, Suffolk.

    As my dad was telling me how George had flown him in an AT-6 back to his hometown in PA before deployment, he then told me George was KIA in 1944 flying a P-47... he choked up, remembering George was killed in the war.

    I was very curious about what happened to George. The thing is... I couldn't remember George's last name until today. For the past couple of years, on and off... I searched websites of fighter groups trying to find George. Today I found him! George C. Maitland. Died at 23 yrs old commanding a P-47 Thunderbolt in bad weather and lost the battle. My dad even at 80 yrs old was broken up about George perishing.

    Here's some links to George.... Never forget! We owe everything to those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/279570438680/permalink/10152074766178681/

    http://www.sweffling.freeserve.co.uk/maitland.htm
     
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    Nice to know generations of families may play and work on a street named after him.
     
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    Thanks for sharing that nice story.
     
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    Great story, thanks. We really like you guys, just to set the record straight.
     
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    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

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    haha..!! thanks dented! we gave it our best to protect the "motherland" and free the continent. As a team, we did/do well together. :D
     
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    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

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    I agree! I hope there is a placard at or near the crash site, that connects why the street is named Maitland.
     
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    I have a relative who was the first squadron commander killed in WWII. He flew from the Enterprise. I'm not sure what plane he was flying. He had a destroyer escort named after him. My parents named me after him. My middle name is Hallsted.

    http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/h7/hopping.htm

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...2KvgjHagbRd3aTd1qiK-pNQ&bvm=bv.77412846,d.aWw
     
  8. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

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    most likely the Douglas SBD Dauntless.
     
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    I saw a "Jug" (As the P-47 Thunderbolt was affectionately nicknamed) in the Royal Air Force museum in Hendon.
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    BIG plane for a one engined fighter.

    And I was going "Man, those people who flew them in the war were so young, some just barely out of high school."

    I don't envy them for doing what they had to do but I am thankful that they did what they did.
     
  10. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

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    here is a 78th FG / 83d Fighter Squadron P-47C model in flight, a few months before George crashed. This is how his would have looked....

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  11. Brett Fuzz

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    Thanks. What a great story.

    Great pilot, & a fantastic warbird the 'Jug'.
     
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    telestratosonic Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Thanks. Great story.
     
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    Great story. Thanks for posting
     
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    My dad was 22 when he joined AAC, like everybody else, he wanted to fly fighters. They told him he was too old for fighters, but they'd send him through training--if he was good, he could get into a bomber, otherwise transports. Well, he was good, went right to pilot in B-24s.

    Robert S. Johnson wrote a good book on P-47s, Thunderbolt!
     
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    Thank you for sharing this story.

    When I was in high school, I met an Army Colonel who flew B-17's. He was shot down and became a POW for over a year. The Allies lost a lot of airmen over Europe, and the Pacific as well. The flyers were as valiant and brave as anyone in the service. We should never forget our heroes.
     
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