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Flight Leaders of the 38th Fighter Squadron, based at Nuthampstead, England, gather for an informal briefing by Major Milton Joel of Richmond, Virginia, just before a mission over enemy territory.
L to R: 1st Lt James Hancock [Sebring, Fla], 1st Lt Gerald Leinweber [Houston TX], 1st Lt Joseph Meyers [Canton OH], 1st Lt Jerry Ayers [Shelbeyville TN].

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A14144-79829AC.



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  • Jerry Ayers

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • James Hancock

    Military | Captain | Pilot
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    Military | Major | Commanding Officer 55FG/38FS Pilot
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Date Contributor Update
01 August 2016 17:36:24 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations