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Colonel Eugene P Roberts of the 78th Fighter Group observes Private First Class Sylvia Gilbertaon and Thelma Frish of the Women's Army Corps at work in a operations room in Watford. Printed caption on reverse: 'B-80320 Colonel Eugene P Roberts, standing, of Spokane Wask, watches WAC PFC Sylvia Gilbertaon, of Grand Forks ND and PFC Thelma Frish of Great Falls, Mont,a t work in the operations room at an 8th Air Force base at Watford, England. 11 January 1944.'



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • Women's Army Corps


  • Eugene Roberts

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander
    CO 84th FS 78th FG Aug 1942 - Sept 1943 Deputy Group CO 78th FG Sept 1943 - Dec 1943 CO 364th FG Jan 1945 - Nov 1945 9 air kills with the 84th FS. P-47C s/n 41-6630 WZ+Z "Spokane Chief" P-51D s/n 44-15061 5E+O "Jimmy the First"


  • Bushey Hall

    Military site : non-airfield
    Requisitioned in 1942 and handed over to the Eighth Air Force later that year; USAAF used it as the Headquarters VIIIth Fighter Command due to its proximity to RAF Fighter Command headquarters at Bentley Priory. After the Berlin Airlift (1948-49) it...

  • Watford

    Military site : non-airfield


Date Contributor Update
30 September 2017 20:23:51 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2015 14:33:12 Eighth in the East Changes to place associations

The Eighth in the East

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 15:04:24 Lucyd Changes to person associations

Associated person through information in photograph caption.

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02 February 2015 10:00:23 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection