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IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

The vehicle in the foreground is a Fordson WOT 1 fire tender. This was a vehicle of British manufacture - seen here in service with the 56th Fighter Group. When the United States Eighth Air Force units initially arrived at former RAF stations, it was customary to employ equipment which had been used by RAF ground support crews. Handwritten on slide:"Halesworth 1/44 63FS landing runway 29 AFM"



  • 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...


  • 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
08 September 2014 15:31:53 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection