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P-51 Mustangs (5Q-O, serial number 42-106886) nicknamed "Swede" and (6N-O, serial number 44-14776) nicknamed "Arrow Head", of the 339th Fighter Group at Mount Farm. Image by Robert Astrella 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group. Written on slide casing: '339 FG Mount Farm.'

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...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...

  • 505th Fighter Squadron
  • 84th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Robert Astrella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographic Supply
    Staff Sergeant Robert Astrella was a keen photographer, he photographed the aircraft that visited Mount Farm, and like many airmen he used his leave to travel to historic sites around Britain. His colour photographs are a rich record of Britain at war ...

  • Robert Blizzard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with destroying 4 x Me109's on the ground at Klatovy airfield, Czechoslovakia, 16-Apr-45. Additionally 1 x probable and 1 x damaged Me 262. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). ...

  • Duane Larson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    completed tour of duty Nov. 2, 1944, hometown Regent, ND

Aircraft

Locations

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2015 13:39:51 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:29:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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