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

Lieutenant George T. Hartman (centre, with pipe) hands out mail to pilots of the 78th Fighter Group at 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: L to R: Lieut. George Hartman of Allertown, Pa., handing out mail to an eager crowd of pilots. U.S. Pool/F. Keystone 37 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. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...


  • George Hartman

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Nantes in P-47D #42-8538. Shot down by FW 190s. 10/24/1944 landing in P-47D #42-74654. He had to be dug out of a defense trench but was uninjured.


  • 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 15:41:29 AAM AAM ingest

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