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Lieutenant HW Collins of the 366th Fighter Group signals to a P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 42-76430) nicknamed “King Bee” before take off.

Image stamped on reverse: 'Sport and General.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 25 Apr 1944.' [stamp] and '317381.' [Censor no.].

Printed caption on reverse: 'PRE INVASION VISIT TO A FIGHTER STATION OF THE 9TH AIR FORCE SUPPORT [changed by censor to say: 'FIGHTER'] COMMAND. SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND. Thunderbolts Fighter Bombers queue up on the runway for take off by flag signal on a mission to continental Europe.'

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Lieutenant HW Collins of the 366th Fighter Group signals to a P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 42-76347) nicknamed "Jenny Rebel" before take off. Image stamped on reverse: 'Sport and General.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 25 Apr 1944.' [stamp] and '317381.' [Censor no.]. Printed caption on reverse: 'PRE INVASION VISIT TO A FIGHTER STATION OF THE 9TH AIR FORCE SUPPORT [changed by censor to say: 'FIGHTER'] COMMAND. SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND. Thunderbolts Fighter Bombers queue up on the runway for take off by flag signal on a mission to continental Europe.'

Connections

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

  • 391st Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2018 13:57:29 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Collection

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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