"Poised for another strike at German targets, ranging from rail lines and bridges to troop concentration and positions, P-47 Thunderbolts fighter-bombers of a crack 9th Air force unit crowd a runway awaiting the take-off signal. In a year of operations, pilots of the group, the 354th have shot down more than 680 enemy aircraft and have destroyed hundreds of tanks, trucks, locos, freight cars and factory buildings while spearheading the advances of the Third Army."
- P-47D 44-20272 (coded FT-Z).
The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...