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The 38th Fighter Squadron's propeller crew working on P-38J, Lightning aircraft (serial number 42-67904) of the 55th Fighter Group. Left to right:T/Sgt Harold Melby, Cpl Merle Stivason, Sgt Robert Sand and S/Sgt Kermit Riem. Handwritten on slide:"N6 1-60"



  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron


  • Harold Melby

    Military | Technical Sergeant
    Served with the 55th Fighter Group. Transferred to Duxford as part of the 819th Air Engineering Squadron, 443rd Air Service Group.

  • Kermit Riem

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Robert Sand

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Propeller Specialist
    Robert Sand was responsible for the maintenance and repair of fighter aircraft. As a specialist in propeller mechanics, Sand performed a crucial role in ensuring that the engine was running correctly. He felt personally accountable for the safe return...

  • Merle Stivason

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ground crew
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:39:48 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection