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From left to right: Technical Sergeant Lester A. Reifeiss and Sergeant Jasper Taylor of the 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, make repairs on the engine of a P-47 Thunderbolt after its return to Duxford air base. Passed for publication 13 August 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'At U.S. Thunderbolts Station. This series of pictures is a graphic story of the everyday activities of a Thunderbolt P 47 group which includes some of the finest fighter pilots - record holders of the U.S. Army Air Force in Britain. Keystone Picture shows: O.P.S. T.Sgt. Lester A. Reifeiss (St. Louis, Mo.) and Sgt. Jasper Taylor (Oklahoma), members of the ground crew repairing P 47 after return to base. (L to R). U.S. Pool/F. Keystone 1,2,3, SG.'



  • 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 ...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron



  • 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...


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