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A P-51 Mustang aircraft - WZ-S (serial number 44-72203), named "Sweet and Lovely", of the 78th Fighter Group, Duxford. The aircraft was piloted by Lieutenant Thomas V. Thain. Handwritten on slide casing:"WZ-S Dx post VE Thomas V Thain"

IWM catalogue record

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A P-51 Mustang aircraft - WZ-S (serial number 44-72218), named "Sweet and Lovely", of the 78th Fighter Group, Duxford. The aircraft was piloted by Lieutenant Thomas V. Thain. Handwritten on slide casing:"WZ-S Dx post VE Thomas V Thain"

Connections

Units

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Thomas Thain

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    19th March 1945 is noted in the Duxford Fighter Group’s History as being a day that would never be forgotten. On that day one of the most intense and successful air battles of WW2 was fought by Duxford’s 78th Fighter Group. Consequently detailed...

Aircraft

Locations

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2014 09:20:34 Pyker Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

Corrected serial number from 44-72218 to 44-72203 and added 84th FS.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:39:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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