"A ground crewman riding the wing of a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt direct the pilot, a member of the 354th fighter-bomber group, taxiing his plane on the runway of a front line Ninth Air force field. The pilot, his vision obscured, receives information from the "wingman" to avoid obstacles. Mechanics meet the plane at the end of the runway. FRANCE."
- Major Glenn T Eagleston of the 353rd Ftr Sq, 354th FG aboard his assigned P-47D, 44-20473 (coded FT-L)
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...