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Benjamin I Mayo



Units served with

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron
  • 84th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-25871 'Nigger II', 'Roger the Lodger'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47 42-25871 was flown by Captain Richard Holly, who gave it the nickname 'Nigger II', named after his wife because of her sun tan. The aircraft was also flown by Lt. Charles D Whitefield, who nicknamed it 'Roger the Lodger'.

  • 42-26551

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 405FS, 371FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recce Hirschberg area, suffered mechanical failure of propeller, headed for base, engine failed bellied in. 11-Apr-45 Leon L Hooper Jr RTD MACR 14107.

  • 42-76506

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 44-19566 'Iron Ass' 'No Guts-No Glory'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.


Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Little Rock, AR, USA


Date Contributor Update
24 May 2019 13:18:53 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations and mission associations

Peter Randall - 78th FG D-Day List;

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2015 16:07:32 general ira snapsorter Changes to highest rank, events, unit associations and media associations

Merged with duplicate entries to include detials from:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
Fighter Aces of the U. S. A. and Aces and Wingmen II;
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2015 15:33:44 jrugman Changes to aircraft associations

Transferred from planes profile

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2015 15:32:24 jrugman Changes to service number, highest rank, place associations and aircraft associations

Another account on the site.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:24 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / EAGLES OF DUXFORD, The 78th Fighter Group in WW2 by Fry, p132