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Lt Willim Jaaskelainen poses with his ground crew along with their P-51B 42-106725 6N-Z "Lil Sack". In the background, pertly hidden by the 75 gallon drop tank is Capt. James R Starnes' P-51B 42-106936 6N-X "Tar Heel".



  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 505th Fighter Squadron


  • William Jaaskelainen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    His nickname was "Ginn", but he was also known as "Big Sack", referring to the amount of sleep or "sack time" he got while in England. ...



  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...


Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 10:58:58 Pyker Changes to aircraft associations

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Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 10:44:59 Pyker Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Photo via William Jaaskelainen Jr.