A pilot and ground crewman of the 339th Fighter Group with a P-51 Mustang (5Q-O, serial number 44-15499) nicknamed "Punkie II". Lt. Robert V Blizzard, [Los Angeles CA], 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15499 5Q-O "Punkie II". Pictured L-R are a.c.c. Sgt. William H Courtney, [Spokane WA]; Lt. Vern Blizzard and c.c. S/Sgt. Jesse L Russell, [Conroe TX].
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A pilot and ground crewman of the 339th Fighter Group with a P-51 Mustang (5Q-O, serial number 44-15499) nicknamed "Punkie II".
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...
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).
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...