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Lieutenant Carl E Hayes of the 56th Fighter Group in the cockpit of his P-47 Thunderbolt at Halesworth, 1943. His nickname was Chow Hound.



  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • Carl Hayes

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    His flight boots are in the 56th FG display case in the museum. Flew P-47 HV-J, 42-7860 'Chowhound'


  • Boxted

    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...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Date Contributor Update
02 January 2018 21:51:04 Sherry Hayes Changes to caption and place associations

Sherry Hayes

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2014 10:55:30 Memory Book Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Image c/o Kathryn Hayes (wife), via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.