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Lt. Bobby Duke, 391st Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group, extreme left, at his Plane, A8-T "The IRON DUKE", with his crew. Photographed in England prior to D-Day.



  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

  • 391st Fighter Squadron


  • Bobbie Duke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    30 May 1944 ...

  • Frederick Hoffman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Crew Chief
    One of eight brothers that served in World War II, all at the same time; they were known as the “Fighting Hoffman’s”. He served from 1941 to 1945 as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corp. Bob attained the rank of Technical Sergeant and received several...



  • Membury

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training base, Membury was built during 1942, and then upgraded in 1943 after allocation to the USAAF as a reconnaissance or transport base, with maintenance and repair depot facilities. It had eventually three concrete...

  • Thruxton

    Military site : airfield
    Thruxton was developed for use by Army Co-Operation aircraft, before being upgraded to a bomber airfield. The 366th Fighter Group moved in in early 1944, flying missions in support of the build up to D-Day, before moving to the continent with other...


Date Contributor Update
22 September 2015 18:01:28 Gilad_Bashan Changes to collection and unit associations

Gilad Bashan

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2015 06:44:24 samii222 Changes to caption

My grandfather has the same photo, the back reads: May 11, 1944 Lt. Robert Duke-pilot, S/Sgt. Hoffman-crew chief, Sgt. Finnegan-asst. crew chief, S/Sgt. Inman-radioman, Sgt. Young-armorer.

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 18:25:21 Pyker Changes to caption, unit associations and place associations

Updated caption including unit code fromAB to A8 and added 366th Fighter Group to units, plus UK locations. Continental locations including Advanced Landing Grounds are not in the database.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2015 20:49:46 Gilad_Bashan Created entry with caption, person associations and aircraft associations

Gilad Bashan