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Major Gerald W Johnson, Colonelt Hubert Zemke, Lieutenant Colonel David Schilling and Major Walker M Mahurin of the 56th Fighter Group entertain Foreign Correspondent Lee Carson, in the officers mess at Halesworth. Zemke has handwritten on the reverse: 'L to R: (1) Johnson; (2) Zemke; (3) Carson - Reporter; (4)Schilling; (5) Mahurin. An individual woman on base caused all sorts of problems. First, we had no billet to keep them. An officer had to move from his bed to provide lodge, and then again they were forever wanting to follow the CO and force their way into briefings. In this case Miss Carson was assigned to Mahurin and told to talk to the troops who did the fighting. Mahurin kept her out of my hair.'

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Major Gerald W Johnson, Colonelt Hubert Zemke, Lieutenant Colonel David Schilling and Major Walker M Mahurin of the 56th Fighter Group entertain Foreign Correspondent Susie Carson, in the officers mess at Halesworth. Zemke has handwritten on the reverse: 'L to R: (1) Johnson; (2) Zemke; (3) Carson - Reporter; (4)Schilling; (5) Mahurin. An individual woman on base caused all sorts of problems. First, we had no billet to keep them. An officer had to move from his bed to provide lodge, and then again they were forever wanting to follow the CO and force their way into briefings. In this case Miss Carson was assigned to Mahurin and told to talk to the troops who did the fighting. Mahurin kept her out of my hair.'

Connections

Units

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

People

  • Lee Carson

    Civilian
    Lee Carson attended Smith College, Chicago, aged 14 and left, aged 16 to become a reporter for the Chicago Times. In 1940 she joined the International News Service, she was made a War correspondent in 1943. ...

  • Gerald Johnson

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Gerald W Johnson was the first Ace pilot of the 56th Fighter Group and the second fighter ace in the European Group. In February 1944, he was promoted to Major and became flight leader of the 63rd Fighter Squadron. ...

  • Walker Mahurin

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Walker Mahurin joined the 56th Fighter Group in July 1942 and arrived in the UK in January 1943, where he was promoted to Captain and Flight Leader of the 63rd Fighter Squadron. ...

  • David Schilling

    Military | Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer; Assistant Director Intelligence
    Schilling flew P-47 Thunderbolts and was one of the leading aces of the war. He was Commanding Officer of the 56th Fighter Group between August 1944 and January 1945, taking over from Colonel Hubert A Zemke. ...

  • Hubert Zemke

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Group Commander; Pilot
    17 air victories with 56th FG flying P-47s, 2 1/2 with 479th FG flying P-51s. Lost 30 October 1944 when P-51 broke up in storm. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft I, Was appointed as head of American Prisoner of War (POW)s while in camp. . Retired from...

Locations

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 16:35:18 jrugman Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

Changed name from Susie to Lee in line with correspondence between AAM and Nigel Julian confirming the lady in the picture to be Lee Carson.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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