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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.

Pilot Lieutenant-Colonel Luther H. Richmond's P-47 Thunderbolt (PZ-R, serial number 42-8412), named "Sweetie". Pin-up artwork by Alberto Vargas. 1943 - 1944. Lieutenant-Colonel Richmond, Crew Chief Staff Sergeant Schoonmaker and Assistant Crew Chief Sergeant Mathew were part of the 486th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group. Probably taken at Bodney air base, where the 352nd Fighter Group where stationed between July 1943 and November 1945.



  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 486th Fighter Squadron


  • Luther Richmond

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Vechta on 15 Apr 44 in P-51 #437196


  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:56 AAM AAM ingest

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