IWM catalogue record
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Staff-Sergeant Jack E Snell of the 303rd Bomb Group meets the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 56th Fighter Group. Image stamped on reverse: 'Confidential.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 29 Apr 1943.' [stamp]. Printed caption on reverse: 'During a recent inspection tour of an American airdrome the Duke of Gloucester pauses to shake hands with S/Sgt Jack E Snell, of Sedalin, Miss. Sgt Snell is a member of a Flying Fortress crew. In the foreground is Lt Col Hubert Zemke, Missoula, Mount, in the background is the Duchess of Glouscester. Kingcliff [obscured by censor] Airdrome, nr Peterborough [obscured by censor], England.'
The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...
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...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner/Left Waist Gunner
Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #42-5243 'FDR's Potato Peeler Kids'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).
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) in Stalag Luft I. Was appointed as head of American Prisoner of War (POW)s while in camp. Retired from...
Military site : airfield
Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...