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Langham Lodge at Boxted, known more familiarily by the 56th Fighter Group as the "Wheel House". Lucian A. "Pete" Dade leans on the right door of the staff car in the drive way. Wilbur R. Watson, one of the 56th Fighter Group Headquarters officers stands behind Dade, facing the camera. The 56th Fighter Group were stationed at Boxted air base between 18 April 1944 and 9 September 1945.
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 | Colonel | Commanding Officer
Pete Dade served as a fighter pilot with the 62nd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group, flying missions from Boxted, England. He became an ace, credited with shooting down 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat. After the war he remained in what soon...
Military site : airfield
Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...