IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
Pilots of the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group stand as a group beside their P-47 Thunderbolts at Horsham air base in late March 1943. Left to right the pilots are: Captain Donald D. Renwick, Lieutenant Norman E. Brooks and Captain Francis S. Gabreski. Passed for publication 10 May 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'The "Thunderbolt" in Britain - and the men who fly it. Associated Press photo shows: Three U.S. pilots who are now flying "Thunderbolts" newest American fighter plane to arrive in Britain. From left: Capt. W.W. Renwick, Lt. N. E. Brooks and Capt. F.S. Gabreski.'
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 | Captain | Fighter Pilot
Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew a P-47 named "Slugger" and P-51 "Mud Hen". Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).
Awards: DFC(OLC), AM(3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
Francis S Gabreski was the son of Polish immigrants to the US. He enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps in July 1940, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Reserve in March 1941 and was posted to Wheeler Field, Hawaii.