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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". 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".

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...

  • 504th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

People

  • 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). ...

  • William Courtney

    Military

  • Jesse Russell

    Military

Aircraft

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2015 18:30:32 Al_Skiff Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Roger Freeman / http://www.littlefriends.co.uk

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

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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