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Frank Klibbe, of the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, in a P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft. Handwritten on slide:"Frank Klibbe 61FS 5/44 Klibbe"



  • 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...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • Frank Klibbe

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. On 27-Jan-44, while on a test flight, P-47D 42-75694 crashed due to engine failure. RTD. ETD Awards: LOM, DFC (2OLC), AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 42-76179 Little Chief

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Name from Baseball Team (Anderson IA.) Klibbe was a player in 1938.


  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • 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
16 July 2016 16:01:32 466thHistorian Changes to person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

letter from Frank Klibbe to Chris Brassfield - 27 March 2000

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:31:46 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection