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Lieutenants Victor E. Bocquin, Donald T. Woodward, Jimmie C. Wright, Ray S. White, Robert D. Shirmer and Cecil A. Laxton of the 361st Fighter Group use a Dodge Ambulance as a bar before 3 days leave at Bottisham. Image via JD Smith. Written on slide casing: 'Off on 3 Day pass, officers of 376 FS.'



  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    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...

  • 376th Fighter Squadron


  • Victor Bocquin

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot / Flight Commander
    Assigned to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 5 x kills, including 3 x Fw190's in a day. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). ...

  • Cecil Laxton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    41 missions AM/ DFC

  • Donald Woodward

    Military | Second Lieutenant

  • Jimmie Wright

    Military | Second Lieutenant


  • Bottisham

    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...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:29:33 AAM AAM ingest

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