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Colonel David Schilling, Commanding Officer of the 56th Fighter Group - on board his P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft. The nose art is the character "Hairless Joe" from the popular cartoon strip "Li'l Abner". Handwritten on slide:"Schilling a/c Brown/AFA"



  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...


  • David Schilling

    Military | Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer; Assistant Director Intelligence
    Schilling flew P-47 Thunderbolts and was one of the leading aces of the war. He was Commanding Officer of the 56th Fighter Group between August 1944 and January 1945, taking over from Colonel Hubert A Zemke. ...



Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:40:12 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection