The aircraft, flown by 2/Lt Quentin J Sella, was on a formation flying training exercise with 3 other P-47s.
Shortly after entering cloud, 2/Lt Sella became separated from the formation and lost control. The aircraft dived into the ground at high speed off Easing Lane, Thorncliffe, near Leek.
It was discovered the pilot had attempted to abandon his aircraft, but was unable to do so, possibly due to the slipstream.
It was not possible to recover 2/Lt Sella's body, and he rests with his aircraft.