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A group of pilots from the 56th Fighter Group. Left to right they are: Richard H. Allison of the 61st Fighter Squadron, Lieutenant Harold E. Comstock of the 63rd Fighter Squadron, three unknown pilots, Lieutenant-Colonel Hubert "Hub" Zemke, Major Donald M. Goodfleisch of the 63rd FS and Lieutenant Conway C. Saux of the 62nd FS. 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'The "Thunderbolt". The new American Fighter P-47, known as the 'Thunderbolt' is designed as a high altitude fast fighter, now in quantity production for the U.S. Army Air Force. Photo shows: Lt. Col. Hubert Zempke [sic] with some of the pilots who will fly the new P-47 planes. Topical Press.'

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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
  • 63rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Harold Comstock

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander
    CO 63rd FS 56th FG July 1944 - Jan. 1945 Flew 2 combat tours totalling 136 missions from April 1943 thru Jan. 1945. 6 kills air + 3 kills by strafing CO 481st TFS and flew 132 combat missions over S. Vietnam. Col. USAF retired

  • Don Goodfleisch

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Conway Saux

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Involved in mid air collision and bailed out but hit ground before parachute fully opened . His plane was 'Two Roll Charlie' P-47C 41-6224. Fell at Valley Farm, Henham.

  • Hubert Zemke

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Group Commander; Pilot
    17 air victories with 56th FG flying P-47s, 2 1/2 with 479th FG flying P-51s. Lost 30 October 1944 when P-51 broke up in storm. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft I, Was appointed as head of American Prisoner of War (POW)s while in camp. . Retired from...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2016 22:29:34 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:21:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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