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A P-51 Mustang (serial number 44-72181), nicknamed "Sunny VIII", flown by Colonel Everett Stewart, of the 4th Fighter Group - Debden. Handwritten on slide case:"Col Stewart's acft 8 x 10 N+ VFS 472181 G. Weckbacker" Taken by CWO Edward Richie.

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A P-51 Mustang (serial number 44-72181), nicknamed "Sunny VIII", flown by Colonel Everett Stewart, of the 4th Fighter Group - Debden. Handwritten on slide case:"Col Stewart's acft 8 x 10 N+ VFS 472181 G. Weckbacker"

Connections

Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

People

  • Edward Richie

    Military | Warrant Officer | Shop Superintendent (Aviation)
    Edward Richie took many of the colour photographs of the 4th Fighter Group that are in the American Air Museum's Roger Freeman Collection.

  • Everett Stewart

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander
    CO 4th FG Feb 1945 - Sept 1945 ...

Aircraft

  • 44-72181 'Sunny VIII'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336 FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of 4th Fighter Group Commanding Officer, Colonel Everett W. Stewart. ...

Locations

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2014 14:17:14 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

"The image of Webster's kite "Sunny VIII" with the P51 peeling off overhead is also by CWO Edward Richie" according to Richie's son, Mark Richie.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:29:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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