IWM catalogue record
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Captain Robert D "Bob" Schirmer of the 361st Fighter Group plays cards in the pilot's room at Bottisham. Image via James D Smith. Written on slide casing: 'Cpt Bob Schirmer, Assist Ops officer, Bottisham.'
The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...
Military | Second Lieutenant
Military site : airfield
The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...