Major General William E Kepner, Lieutenant General Carl Spaatz, Colonel Duncan, Lieutenant General James Doolittle and Brigadier General Woodbury at Raydon, home of the 353rd Fighter Group. Printed caption on reverse: 'Left to right: 1- Major GeneralKepner, 2- Lt General Spaatz, 3-Colonel Duncan, 4- Lt General James Doolittle, 5- Brig General Woodbury, AAF Station 366 Metfield
This photo was taken on the visit by Spaatz, Doolittle, Kepner and Woodbury to Metfield (not Raydon) on March 14, 1944. It was taken just outside the main pilot briefing complex. The 'Brass' were visiting as part of a tour of 8th Fighter bases and, no doubt, to check out Col. Duncan's suggestions for a specialized strafing squadron. The day after their visit, General Kepner authorized Col. Duncan to set up the specialized squadron named 'Bill's Buzz Boys' in Kepner's honour.
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Major General William E Kepner, Lieutenant General Carl Spaatz, Colonel Duncan, Lieutenant General James Dootlittle and Brigadier General Woodbury at Raydon, home of the 353rd Fighter Group. Printed caption on reverse: 'Left to right: 1- Major GeneralKepner, 2- Lt General Spaatz, 3-Colonel Duncan, 4- Lt General James Dootlittle, 5- Brig General Woodbury, AAF Station 157 Raydon.'
The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...
Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General
Became Commanding General of 12th AF September 1942; Commanding General of Northwest African Strategic Air Force March 1943; assumed command of 15th AF November 1943; Commanding General of 8th Air Force 6 January 1944 to 9 May 1945. Medal Of Honor for...
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer of 353rd Fighter Group
Glenn E Duncan joined the 353rd Fighter Group in March 1943 as Group Executive Officer. He claimed 19 victories until he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the Group in November 1943.
Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force Fighter Command
From 1909 to 1913, Kepner served in the US Marine Corps. By 1916 he was a second lieutenant in the Indiana National Guard. After a short spell in the US cavalry, in 1917 he transferred to the infantry as a captain and commanded a company at the Battle...
Military | General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force
A few weeks after Pearl Harbor, in January 1942, General Spaatz was assigned as chief of the Army Air Force Combat Command at Washington and promoted to the temporary rank of major general. In May 1942, Spaatz was designated commander of the Eighth Air...
Military | Brigadier General | Fighter Wing Commander; Commanding General
Murray C. Woodbury was born in 1899 in Burlington, Vt. He graduated from the Florida Military Academy in 1917, and attended Norwich University, Vt. He served as a private and private first class, Aviation Section, Signal Reserve, from Jan. 31, 1918, to...
Military site : airfield
Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...
Military site : airfield
Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...