IWM catalogue record
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Local residents, mostly women and children, visit Fowlmere air base where the 339th Fighter Group were stationed. Some of them clamber on P-51 Mustang (6N-C, serial number 44-72437), known as "Pauline". 1944 -1945.
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...
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...