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

P-47 Thunderbolt pilots of the 61st Fighter Squadron chat to one another after their latest mission, at Halesworth air base where the 56th Fighter Group were stationed. Left to right they are: Lieutenant-Colonel Francis S. Gabreski, Lieutenant Eugene E. Barnum and Lieutenant Frank W. Klibbe. Passed for publication 26 November 1943.

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...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron

People

  • Eugene Barnum

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed one tour of duty, returning for a second tour. Credited with two aerial kills. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Bingen in P-47 44-19739, positioning himself for a deflection shot on a Bf109, 2nd Lt Wyman A...

  • Francis Gabreski

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Francis S Gabreski was the son of Polish immigrants to the US. He enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps in July 1940, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Reserve in March 1941 and was posted to Wheeler Field, Hawaii. ...

  • Frank Klibbe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    On 27 Jan 1944, while on a test flight, P-47D #42-75694 crashed due to engine failure. RTD.

Locations

  • 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
08 September 2014 15:21:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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