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Capt Bowman talks things over with his ground crew beside a North American P-51D Mustang KI-F (44-14430) of the 20th Fighter Group. England.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12249-B66805AC.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 55th Fighter Squadron


  • Ralph Bowman

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Flight leader 55th FS July 17, 1944 - Jan 13, 1945 296 combat hours 1 ME-109 destroyed air + 1 DO-24 destroyed water + 1 DO-24 damaged water Transferred to 4th Combat Bomb Wing at completion of tour. KIFA Beach C-45 s/n 44-87129 April 5, 1951


  • 44-14430

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.


  • Wittering

    Military site : airfield
    Wittering, now in Cambridgeshire, began as RFC Stamford in 1916. By the end of the First World War, it had been renamed RAF Wittering, and was used by both British and American aircraft. It had six hangars, fifteen aircraft sheds and many other...


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25 March 2017 09:47:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations