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A summer picnic in a French field may sound idyllic - unless the fare is out of a can with the tail of your Thunderbolt doubling as a table. Unidentified pilots of the 397th Ftr Sq, 368th FG grab a quick bite between sorties from their base at Cardonville (A-3), France, late June 1944.
L-R Eugene M Potter, Unknown, Captain Joseph Marini and Captain Randall W Hendricks.



  • 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. ...

  • 368th Fighter Group

    368th Fighter Group

    The 368th Fighter Group flew P-47s in combat from England from March 1944. In the days after D-Day the Group supported Allied ground troops fighting in the Cherbourg penisula and then around St. Lo. The Group received a DUC for flying seven missions in...

  • 397th Fighter Squadron


  • Eugene Potter

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Eugene Potter began training in the Canadian air force in the winter of 1940-41. Joined the RAF and was assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, but was not among the officers transferred to the USAAF on 29-9-42. ...


  • 43-25570 'Kwit-Cher-Bitchin'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D Thunderbolt 43-25570 D3-H 'Kwit-Cher-Bitchin' 397th FS, 368th FG, 9th AF. Pilot Randall W Hendricks.


Date Contributor Update
21 September 2015 12:23:08 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption and unit associations