Aircraft Type and Background
USAF Republic P-47D Thunderbolt / 42-75606
Aircraft Type Nickname: "the Jug"; since—because of its weight and solid build—it was considered to be something of a juggernaut.
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was perhaps the heaviest single engine fighter-bomber of its day. It was equipped with a Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine of 43 - 46 litres capacity.
The Thunderbolt was equipped with .50 calibre machine guns, with four on each wing. It was also capable of carrying rockets or bombs.
The aircraft was used as an escort fighter, a fighter-bomber, and a ground-attack fighter.
BELOW: Side view of P-47D-40 R-2800 Thunderbolt engine.
Photo: 2006 'Kogo' (own work).
Released by the author to the public domain under GNU Free Documentation License, 1.2 or later.
Aircraft Accident Details
At 1130 hrs the aircraft flew lower than the surrounding terrain in mist , crashed through 2 lines of trees at Hartfield Farm and into a field.
[This information was kindly provided by Alan Leishman]
Aircraft Pilot Casualty
The pilot who died in this incident was:
2nd Lt. Herman Carey is buried at Lynhurst, Knoxville, Ten.
Crash Site Photos
BELOW: This memorial is located near the crash site, on the Gleniffer Braes.
Photo: © 2013 Harry Blane
BELOW: The isolated P-47 engine after the crash into the trees at Hartfield Farm.
Photo: © 2013 Alan Leishman
BELOW: An enlarged view of the above photo; the engine being partly camouflaged by the background and snow.
Photo: © 2013 Alan Leishman
Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 29 Dec 1943
Hartfield Farm (field),
(on the Gleniffer Braes, between Spateston and Glenburn)
Nearest towns or villages:
Nearest large towns:
OS Grid Ref. N/A
GPS Ref. N/A
Present Condition: No known wreckage remains at the site (but see below for photo of engine wreckage).
The only sign of the accident is the missing trees on the access road to Hartfield Farm. These were destroyed when the Thunderbolt ploughed into them.
A memorial to the pilot has been placed near the crash site (see photo below).
Registration or Serial: 42-75606
Parent Sation: RAF Maghaberry (239). (Derelict)
Parent Station Location: Maghaberry, N. Ireland.
Departure Station Location: Renfrew near Glasgow.
Departure Station Status: Closed. Overbuilt with housing and motorway.
Destination Station Location: Near Warrington, Cheshire, England.
Destination Station Status: Closed and derelict.
Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields
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