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P-51 Mustangs including (WR-A, serial number 44-15625) nicknamed "Man O' War" of the 355th Fighter Group and Mustangs of the 339th Fighter Group and the 353rd Fighter Group at Debden, home of the 4th Fighter Group. Taken on 23 March 45 by Edward Richie. Information from Mark Richie: "The 65th Fighter Wing had a meeting of all Group COs at Debden about the up coming Rhine River crossing operations. Pretty neat shots. Roger [Freeman] and I puzzled over the NMF C model with the Malcolm hood. D models were in all groups by then so finding a "new" C model with and Malcolm hood is kind of odd. No serial numbers show in rear view. Possible it is a photo recon kite. Tower logs for the day do not inventory individual a/c that attended. Pretty day . . ." Handwritten on slide case:" Co's aircraft 23/3/45 Richie"

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

P-51 Mustangs including (WR-A, serial number 44-14292) nicknamed "Man O' War" of the 355th Fighter Group and Mustangs of the 339th Fighter Group and the 353rd Fighter Group at Debden, home of the 4th Fighter Group. Handwritten on slide case:" Co's aircraft 23/3/45 Richie"

Connections

Units

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 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.

Aircraft

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
01 December 2014 16:19:35 Emily Changes to caption
Sources

Amended incorrect serial number based on 355th Fighter Group aircraft list at Little Friends

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2014 16:49:23 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

Added information to the caption as received by Ed Richie's son Mark Richie, VP, Association of the 4th Fighter group WWII http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:29:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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