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Thunderbolt pilots of the 4th Fighter Group in the briefing room at Debden. The 4th Fighter Group flew P-47 Thunderbolts on missions between March 1943 and February 1944. In the centre of the image, looking straight at the camera is James A. Goodson. On the far right of the shot, wearing a garrison cap, is Lieutenant Paul S. Riley. The two men at the front of the shot, sitting on wicker chairs, are, left to right Lieutenant James A Clark and Lieutenant Spiros S Pisanos. The airman in the back row, with his hand on his chin is Second Lieutenant Kenneth D Peterson. Printed caption attached to print: 'P-47 Thunderbolt pilots listen intently as Intelligence Officers brief them before the start of a mission over France.'

Others in frame: 1st Lt's Jack L Raphael, Earle W Carlow, Vernon A Boehle, Douglas E Booth, Aubrey Stanhope, Pierce L Wiggin, Frank M Fink, Donald H Ross. Capt's Cecil E Manning, Richard G Braley, Nicholas 'Cowboy' Megura, Robert G 'Digger' Williams and Major's Howard W 'Deacon' Hively, Duane W Beeson.

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Thunderbolt pilots of the 4th Fighter Group in the briefing room at Debden. The 4th Fighter Group flew P-47 Thunderbolts on missions between March 1943 and February 1944. In the centre of the image, looking straight at the camera is James A. Goodson. On the far right of the shot, wearing a garrison cap, is Lieutenant Paul S. Riley. The two men at the front of the shot, sitting on wicker chairs, are, left to right Lieutenant James A. Clark and Lieutenant Spiros S. Pisanos. Printed caption attached to print: 'P-47 Thunderbolt pilots listen intently as Intelligence Officers brief them before the start of a mission over France.'

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Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Duane Beeson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Duane W Beeson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941, by February 1942 he had completed over 200 hours of flying and was transferred to Britain to join No. 71 (Eagle) Squadron, RAF 24 days later he joined the 4th Fighter Group in September 1942....

  • Vernon Boehle

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot
    A 71[Eagle] Sqn RAF Spitfire pilot, transferring to the 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF. ...

  • Douglas Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Joined RAFVR via knight committee, service pilot training in US, Dallas Aviation school, ...

  • Richard Braley

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF, ...

  • Earle Carlow

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to return from fighter sweep of Southern France. A/C P-51B #43-6639 hit by flak while strafing airfield and crashed SE of La Rochelle on a sweep of the Bordeaux area 21-Mar-44. Baled out and captured POW. Later...

  • James Clark

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Deputy Commanding Officer
    Initially assigned to the 71st Eagle Squadron in June 1942. With the founding of the 4th Fighter Group that September, he was assigned to the 334th Squadron, where he eventually became its Commanding Officer. ...

  • Frank Fink

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    1st Lt. Frank M. Fink was a talented caricature artist. Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 335th FS 4th FG 8AF USAAF 14-10-42. ...

  • James Goodson

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Major Goodson was a U.S. citizen born in New York City on 21 March 1921 of British parents. He was raised in Toronto, Canada, by his mother following his father's death. In 1939, upon graduation from high school, he had no money but a desire to meet...

  • Howard Hively

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Howard Hively hailed from Columbus, Ohio, and Norman, Oklahoma. ...

  • Cecil Manning

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Joined the Royal Canadian Air Force Jul-41. After receiving his wings, he was posted to England and attached to the Royal Air Force. In Mar-43 he transferred to the USAAF. Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return target support mission,...

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Locations

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2016 17:18:55 Al_Skiff Changes to caption, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2015 11:52:29 Tom Changes to person associations
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Associated people from image caption information

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 12:36:18 Emily Changes to caption and person associations
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Peterson identified by Jack C Gable via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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