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"Major Aiken, pilot, points out an interesting feature to his ground crew as they stand by the wing of their North American P-51 of the 339th Fighter Group at 8th Air Force Station F-378, Fowlmere Airfield, England. 2 September 1944."
There's no telling what Major John Aitken is trying to relate to his crew chief S/Sgt. William B Helliger, (R) and armorer Sgt Robert T Markle (L). P-51D 44-14004 (Aitken's assigned ship, pictured here) eventually received the nose art "Annie May" - maybe he's telling them where he wants it painted.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12384-71860AC.



  • 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. ...

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 503rd Fighter Squadron


  • John Aitken

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    First tour of operations in the Mediterranean flying Spitfires in the 2FS, 52FG, 15AF USAAF as a Lieutenant. Credited with two victories and one shared in 1943. For second tour, assigned to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with three aerial victories....

  • William Helliger

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Robert Markle

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer


  • 44-14004 'Annie May'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major John Aitken Jr. Re-assigned to Capt Robert H Ammon. Lost in take-off accident. 18-Nov-44. Lt Elmer E Haidle killed in Action KIA.


Date Contributor Update
28 June 2016 23:42:23 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations