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From left to right: Lieutenant William H. Waldheim and Flight Officer Harding R. Zumwalt of the 83rd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, lift a parachute down from the shelf. The 78th Fighter Group were based at Duxford air base at this time. 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: Lt. William H. Waldheim (Arlington N. Jerey), and Fl. Officer Hardy Zumwalt, St Louis, Mo., with parachutes getting ready for a mission. U.S. Pool/F. Keystone SG 34.'



  • 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. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

  • 83rd Fighter Squadron


  • William Waldheim

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Harding Zumwalt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot; Band
    Harding Zumwalt had trained to fly Spitfires with the RAF and only transferred to the USAAF in 1943. He had been a professional trumpet player before the war and joined the Thunderbolt All-American Swing Band at Duxford. His need to wear glasses always...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:41:26 AAM AAM ingest

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