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Page 18 of the 66th Fighter Wing unit history.
Many of the 8th Air Force Groups produced an unofficial unit history in the months after the war ended in Europe but before they were redeployed out of the ETO (European Theater of Operations).

Resembling a college yearbook, unit histories were an unofficial – and often tongue-in-cheek – record of the unit’s time based in the UK. They include photo montages showing different aspects of base life. Often the servicemen in the photos are unnamed. The American Air Museum hopes that by adding unit histories to the website as individual pages, the men in the photos will be identified and associated to their person entries. Many included lists of personnel and a mailing address, providing a means for servicemen to keep in contact with each other after the war. These lists are now incredibly useful records of where US airmen in England in 1945 called their home.

Connections

Units

People

  • Bryant Anderson

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD). 2nd tour with 6th Fighter Wing. Awards: WWII Victory. Post War: Remained in USAF serving in Korea and Vietnam, retiring as Colonel.

  • Joseph Browne

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Wing A-4 Officer

  • Elmer Ellis

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Wing A-1 Officer Personnel Chief
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  • John Gerli

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Wing A-2 Intelligence Officer
    An intelligence officer was used to debrief 4 fighter pilots at one time after each mission. Gerli was stationed near Duxford and the 78th FG AM/ ATO/ ETO/ battle star

Locations

  • Sawston Hall

    Military site : non-airfield
    Sawston Hall was requisitioned for use as the Headquarters of the 66th Fighter Wing, from the Huddleston family. There is graffiti on the top floor from the US occupation and an air-raid shelter in the grounds. It reverted to the Huddleston's at the...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2017 09:59:03 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place associations
Sources

An original copy of the 66th Fighter Wing unit history in IWM’s Roger Freeman Collection, printed in 1945.

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