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Brigadier-General Ross G. Hoyt presents a medal to Lieutenant John F. Vogt Jr of the 56th Fighter Group. Printed caption on reverse: 'Capt. Joseph C. Rathbone; Major Warren R. Bredahl; Brig. Gen. Ross G. Hoyt; Col. Hubert Zemke; Lt. John F. Vogt. Jr.; Lt. Wilfred A. Van Abel.'



  • 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...


  • Warren Bredahl

    Military | Officer

  • Ross Hoyt

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
    Hoyt was an experienced flier who had served as a command pilot, combat observer, balloon observer and technical server during the First World War, and prior to the Secodn World War. ...

  • Wilfred Van Abel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    On 2-Sep-43 while piloting P-47C 41-6537 [UN:Q] 56FG/63FS 1LT Wilfred A. Van Able's flight was attacked by German aircraft near Armentierres, France and he was shot down. He was able to successfully parachute to the grouns and was captured as a Prioner...

  • John Vogt

    Military | Major | Pilot
    MILITARY ASSIGNMENTS: Graduated from US Army Air Corps Flying School, Ellington, Texas, Class 42D in 1942. Assigned to 56th Fighter Group as fighter pilot, 1942. Unit sent to European Theatre of Operations, Dec. 1942. Entered combat in early 1943, as...

  • Hubert Zemke

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Group Commander; Pilot
    17 air victories with 56th FG flying P-47s, 2 1/2 with 479th FG flying P-51s. Lost 30 October 1944 when P-51 broke up in storm. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft I, Was appointed as head of American Prisoner of War (POW)s while in camp. . Retired from...


Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 09:59:53 AAM AAM ingest

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