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56th Fighter Group Captains Ralph Johnson and Walker "Bud" Mahurin after returning to their base and finding packages from home. Official caption on back: "PACKAGES FROM HOME—Two Fighter Pilots of the Eighth Air Force Fighter Command return to their base, somewhere in England, and are delighted to see that the mail is in and each has a couple of packages from home. Left to right, they are pilots: Capt. Ralph Johnson and Capt. Walker Mahurin. Capt. Mahurin is Fighter Commands leading ace with 14 kills to his credit." 27 January 1944.



  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron


  • Ralph Johnson

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    RTD Ditched in North Sea in P-47 on 26 Jun 43/ see story in 'My War' by Andy Rooney on page 137. Legion of Merit, DFC,POW,Air medal

  • Walker Mahurin

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Walker Mahurin joined the 56th Fighter Group in July 1942 and arrived in the UK in January 1943. He was later promoted to Captain and Flight Leader of the 63rd Fighter Squadron. He claimed his first victories during the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission,...


  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Date Contributor Update
07 August 2017 21:51:14 WD-C Mustang Changes to unit associations

Fixed squadron association. Previously it had been the 363rd Squad. which is wrong.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2017 19:40:00 WD-C Mustang Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations