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Ground crew of the 353rd Fighter Group prepare to fix a bomb to the undercarriage of a P-47 Thunderbolt. Left to right they are: Sergeant Thomas Zetterval, Master Sergeant Clarence W. Riffer and Corporal Dave Winner. This photograph was taken at Metfield air base where the 353rd Fighter Group were stationed between 3 August 1943 and 12 April 1944. Passed for publication 4 December 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S. Fighters Now Carry Bombs. Photo shows: Bombing up a Thunderbolt P.47 at a U.S. Army Air Force station somewhere in Britain. Left: Sgt. Thomas Zetterval, of Portland, Virginia : Master Sgt. Clarence W. Riffer, of Farrell, Penn. (rear) and Cpl. Dave Winner, of Pittsburgh, Penn. G. November 1943. PN.'



  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...


  • Clarence Riffer

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ground crew
    Assigned to 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Thomas Zettervall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ground crew
    Assigned to 353FG, 8AF USAAF.


  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:42:27 AAM AAM ingest

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