IWM catalogue record
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Flight Surgeon Captain George R. Hornig looks over a document with Captain Joseph H. Sayers and Major Edward R. Schumacher, all Flight-Surgeons of the 56th Fighter Group, in the mess at Halesworth air base. Passed for publication 29 November 1943. Printed caption on reverse: '"Ace" Flight-Surgeon is combination family physician, foster-father and chaplain.' And 'Associated Press photo shows: Three Flight-Surgeons get together to discuss their problems. They are (left to right): Capt. J.H. Sayers, of Nashville, Tenn; Major E.R. Schumacher, of Columbus, Ohio, and "Doc" Hornig.'
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...
Military | Captain | Ground Officer
George R ‘Doc’ Hornig was responsible for the wellbeing of the pilots he worked with, administering medicine and conducting health checks to keep them flying.
Military | Ground Officer
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...