P-47D Thunderbolts of the 56th Fighter Group taking off on bomber escort mission to Emden, Germany, in World War II
Southwold Suffolk England Date:1943 Duration:1 min 54 sec Sound:Yes
P-47D Thunderbolts of the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) 56th Fighter Group taxiing and taking off from RAF Halesworth airfield in England in World War 2. They are on mission ("Ramrod to Emden) escorting U.S. bombers in raid on German U-Boat Base at Emden, Germany.The first P-47 seen is serial 41-6261 "Bat Out of Hell" (coded UN-B) flown by LT Gordon Batdorf of the 63rd Fighter Squadron. Others seen in the sequence include P-47s including: 42-74750 ("Lady jane") and 42-74635. Officer fires a flare to signal takeoff. After taking off in pairs, the aircraft of the 63rd Squadron assemble in a formation of 16 aircraft and then join other squadrons of the 56th Fighter Group to proceed on their mission.
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