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A P-51 Mustang aircraft (HL-A, serial number 44-63216), named "Anne Nihilator", the pilot being assisted into the aircraft is Colonel John Landers, Commanding Officer of the 78th Fighter Group - based at Duxford. This photograph was taken in early 1945; subsequent to this Mustang being reallocated from Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert E. Olin. Handwritten on slide casing:"Anne Nihilator Mason Barnard"



  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...


  • Mason Barnard

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • John Landers

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer
    Cmdr Officer of 78th FG, flew 90 missions in the Pacific Theater; served also with the 55th FG and 357th FG/ Had over 1039 hrs in flying time and 174 total missions. ...


  • 44-63216 'Anne Nihilator'

    P-51 Mustang
    First used by Lt Colonel Olin Gilbert, Anne Nihilator was given to Lt Colonel John Landers for several missions in 1945. It was flown by the 78th Fighter Group from Duxford from when the Mustang fighter was stationed there in 1943/4 until the end of...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:39:42 AAM AAM ingest

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