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Lieutenant Harold O Smith, Captain Joseph L Egan and Major Walker M Mahurin of the 56th Fighter Group entertain Foreign Correspondent Susie Carson, in the officers club bar at Halesworth, 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Lt. to Right: 1. Lt. Howard [Smith?], Int. O., 62nd Fighter Squadron. 2. Captain Joseph L. Egan, Flight C.O. - 63rd Fighter Squadron. 3. Lee Carson - Foreign Correspondent. 4. Captain Walker "Bud" Mahurin - 63rd Fighter Squadron. Officers Club Bar, Halesworth, 1943.'

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Lieutenant Harold O Smith, Captain Joseph L Egan and Major Walker M Mahurin of the 56th Fighter Group entertain Foreign Correspondent Susie Carson, in the officers club bar at Halesworth, 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Lt. to Right: 1. Lt. Howard [Smith?], Int. O., 62nd Fighter Squadron. 2. Captain Joseph L. Egan, Flight C.O. - 63rd Fighter Squadron. 3. Suzie Carson - Foreign Correspondent. 4. Captain Walker "Bud" Mahurin - 63rd Fighter Squadron. Officers Club Bar, Halesworth, 1943.'

Connections

Units

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron
  • 63rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Lee Carson

    Civilian
    Lee Carson attended Smith College, Chicago, aged 14 and left, aged 16 to become a reporter for the Chicago Times. In 1940 she joined the International News Service, she was made a War correspondent in 1943. ...

  • Joseph Egan

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Joe Egan was born on 24 October 1917, in New York, USA. In 1941, he joined the Army Reserve and qualified as a pilot in late 1942, with a promotion to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. ...

  • Walker Mahurin

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Walker Mahurin joined the 56th Fighter Group in July 1942 and arrived in the UK in January 1943, where he was promoted to Captain and Flight Leader of the 63rd Fighter Squadron. ...

  • Harold Smith

    Military | Enlisted Man

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 16:09:13 jrugman Changes to person associations
Sources

Added people who were listed in the caption to the list

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 16:05:00 jrugman Changes to caption
Sources

Woman changed from Susie to Lee Carson in line with correspondence between AAM and Nigel Julian confirming the woman in the picture to be Lee Carson.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 09:59:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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