IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
Ground personnel of the 20th Fighter Group work on a P-38 Lightning at Kings Cliffe , October 1943. Not to be published 14 Oct 1943, Passed for publication 24 Oct 1943. Printed caption on reverse: '"Lightnings" Attack Northern France. Versatile P-38 Lightnings, flashing their power across the English Channel for the first time in a combat role, bring new aerial phase into the European Theatre of Operations. Well-trained pilots - some of them already experienced in the other theatres of war - and ground crews swear by their ships. From briefing rooms to flying line, from runways to skyways and contact with the enemy, each mission represents expert planning by Operation and Intelligence and the brains and sweat of every man who prepares an order or thightens[sic] on a prop. Photo Shows:- Loading ammunition before a mission. U.S. Pool/SG/H. Keystone. 13- -46a-49-75-75b-76.' On reverse: US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...
Military site : airfield
Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...