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P-38 Lightning pilots of the 55th Fighter Group huddle at Nuthampstead air base. Passed for publication 12 November 1943.

Printed caption attached to print: 'Taking a last look at the map before setting out on an operational flight. Reading anti-clockwise from the man with goggles (bottom, centre) they are: Lt. M.E. Blanchard, of 284 Seaside Ave. Santa Cruz, Avenue, Calif; Lt. H.E. Larsen, of 718 E. 5th St. Anaconda, Montana; Lt. R.W. Brown, of 1205 West 8th St. Erie, Penn.; Lt. R.H. Jensen, of Racine, Wisc.; Lt. W.C. Florentine, of Washington, Minn.; Lt. W.W. Shank, of 413 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, Va,; Lt. K.H. Garlock, of South [Tra]nsit Road, Lockport, N.Y.; and Lt. W.M. Tibbots [Tibbetts], of Route 2, Homer, Ill.'

IWM catalogue record

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P-38 Lightning pilots of the 55th Fighter Group huddle at Nuthampstead air base. Passed for publication 12 November 1943.

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Units

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

Locations

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2015 17:00:57 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

Printed caption attached to reverse of print.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:22:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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