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The nose art of a P-47 Thunderbolt (5F-E, serial number 42-8693) nicknamed "Miss Margaret (Pee Wee)" of the 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'June 4, 45. Debden, Essex. A rare shot of 5th ERS, P-47s. Note dinghy racks under wing.'

IWM catalogue record

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

The nose art of a P-47 Thunderbolt (5f-E, serial number 42-8693) nicknamed "Miss Margaret (Pee Wee)" of the 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'June 4, 45. Debden, Essex. A rare shot of 5th ERS, P-47s. Note dinghy racks under wing.'

Connections

Units

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron
  • 63rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Jack Bateman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. ...

  • Walter Frederick

    Military | Fighter Pilot

  • Bishop Hamilton

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Crew Chief

  • Raymond Petty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Individual photo

Locations

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2018 15:31:03 Pyker Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Updated connections and deleted connection to Debden as I believe this to be in error, as is the date of June 1945. The photo is hardly that rare!

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:41:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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