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493rd Fighter Squadron replacement pilots outside their accommodation at Ibsley Grange, 1944. From left to right: George Pullis, Roderick Watts, Rodney Heyl and Donald Ferguson.
Pullis, Watts and Ferguson were in the first group of pilots to join the 493rd after it arrived at Ibsley. Heyl was in the second group along with Jake Cooper, Jim Watson and Thomas Linstrom.



  • 48th Fighter Group

    48th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in March 1944 and were stationed at Ibsley where the pilots trained in P-47s in preparation for the Allied invasion of Normandy. The wartime motto was in Latin 'vulneratus non victus' (Unconquered even though wounded). ...

  • 493rd Fighter Squadron


  • George Pullis

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    George Pullis flew over 120 combat missions with the 48th Fighter Group. He scored one recorded victory on 8 April 1945. He did have to bale out on 22 March 1945 but made it safely back to base at St Trond, Belgium. ...


  • Ibsley

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1940-41 as a fighter base satellite for RAF Middle Wallop, Ibsley opened in 1941 when incomplete. It eventually had three concrete runways, 18 hardstandings plus 18 double pen dispersals, and two Bellman plus 12 blister hangars, after...


Date Contributor Update
07 January 2015 18:08:36 New Forest Remembers Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Image supplied by veteran Jake Cooper USAAF to RAF Ibsley Airfield Heritage Trust and uploaded to the New Forest Remembers WWII online archive