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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A stockpile of drop fuel tanks - one being carried by two members of ground crew of the 56th Fighter Group. The light-grey pile in the foreground were made of sheet steel. The silver-finished tanks in the background were made from a paper and plastic composition. The fitting of drop tanks to the underside of a P-47 Thunderbolt's fuselage provided sufficient fuel for longer range bomber escort duties. Handwritten on slide:"56FG 63FS 1/44 drop tanks Halesworth USAF M" Printed on slide:"18 JAN 91F01"



  • 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...


  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:40:37 AAM AAM ingest

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