IWM catalogue record
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A P-51 Mustang of the 339th Fighter Group prepares to take-off at Fowlmere, whilst the Runway Control Officer watches. The distinctive striped jacket (and baseball cap) he is wearing was a peculiarity of the 339th – it was instituted to assist pilots of aircraft in spotting the Officer, upon whose signal that it was safe to take–off they depended. Handwritten on slide:"T/o bombing mission 8/44 Fowlmere James G. Robinson"
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 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...