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From left to right: Captain Walker L. Boone, Flight Officer Manuel S. Martinez and Flight Officer Gerry E. Brasher, pilots of the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, sit on the bonnet of a Dodge WC (weapons carrier) at Duxford air base. Passed for publication 28 October 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Thunderbolts - the "Guardian Angels" of Flying Fortresses. Here are pictures of Thunderbolts P-47s, the famous American fighter planes, which escort Flying Fortresses on their daylight missions over Occupied Europe. Photo shows:- All set to go: Parked on the hood of their command car which is to take them to their waiting Thunderbolts are L to R: Walker L. BOONE, Wyandotte, Oklahoma, Flight Officer Manuel S. MARTINEZ, Mount Kisco, N.Y., and Flight Officer J.E. BRASHER, Roswell, New Mexico. A few minutes after this picture was snapped they were in the air on their bomber-escort mission into Germany. U.S. Pool/SG/H. Keystone 65.'

IWM catalogue record

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

From left to right: Captain Walker L. Boone, Flight Officer Manuel S. Martinez and Flight Officer Gerry E. Brasher, pilots of the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, sit on the bonnet of a jeep at Duxford air base. Passed for publication 28 October 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Thunderbolts - the "Guardian Angels" of Flying Fortresses. Here are pictures of Thunderbolts P-47s, the famous American fighter planes, which escort Flying Fortresses on their daylight missions over Occupied Europe. Photo shows:- All set to go: Parked on the hood of their command car which is to take them to their waiting Thunderbolts are L to R: Walker L. BOONE, Wyandotte, Oklahoma, Flight Officer Manuel S. MARTINEZ, Mount Kisco, N.Y., and Flight Officer J.E. BRASHER, Roswell, New Mexico. A few minutes after this picture was snapped they were in the air on their bomber-escort mission into Germany. U.S. Pool/SG/H. Keystone 65.'

Connections

Units

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Walker Boone

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to VIII fighter command. Transferred to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 x kills. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: AM (3 OLC), Bronze Star, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald Brasher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Gerald E 'Jerry' Brasher served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group. He was a ace with 6 kills to his credit. 1 x confirmed [Air], 5 x confirmed [Ground]. Transferred to 310FRS, 27ATG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Manuel Martinez

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot
    Silver Star

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2015 11:40:19 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

Vehicle identified as a Dodge WC (weapons carrier) by Alan Dengate, via IWM's Facebook page.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:42:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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