Major Gerald W Johnson, Colonel Hubert Zemke, Lieutenant Colonel David Schilling, Major Walker M Mahurin and airmen of the 56th Fighter Group entertain Foreign Correspondent Lee Carson, in the officers mess at Halesworth, 1944.
IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
Major Gerald W Johnson, Colonel Hubert Zemke, Lieutenant Colonel David Schilling, Major Walker M Mahurin and airmen of the 56th Fighter Group entertain Foreign Correspondent Susie Carson, in the officers mess at Halesworth, 1944.
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...
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.
Military | Major | Pilot
Gerald W Johnson was the first Ace pilot of the 56th Fighter Group and the second fighter ace in the European Group. In February 1944, he was promoted to Major and became flight leader of the 63rd Fighter Squadron.
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.
Military | Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer; Assistant Director Intelligence
Schilling flew P-47 Thunderbolts and was one of the leading aces of the war. He was Commanding Officer of the 56th Fighter Group between August 1944 and January 1945, taking over from Colonel Hubert A 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...
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...