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A P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft named "Josephine my flying machine". The aircraft was piloted by Lieutenant Leo Butiste, of the 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group. The man standing by the aircraft is Crew Chief (C/C) Charles Grimes. Handwritten on slide:"Leo Battista [also known as Leo Buttiste] LM X 421199 Charles Grimes C/C" Printed on slide:"007 1997 16"



  • 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...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron


  • Leo Butiste

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. 52 x missions. Credited 3 x kill and 2 x damaged, 2 x destroyed [ground]. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: AM(8OLC), EAME, WWII Victory, American Campaign Medal.

  • Charles Grimes

    Military | Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.



Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:40:16 AAM AAM ingest

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