UPL 14165


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Lt. Ralph K "Kidd" Hofer, Salem, MO. 334th Fighter Squadron. The Kidd poses by Capt. Archie W Chatterley’s P-47C 41-6358 QP-G “California or Bust”. Hofer was flying this P-47 on his first combat mission on 8 October 43 when he shot down an Me109 over Zwolle, Holland.


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Ace pilot with the 4th Fighter Group, First Lieutenant Ralph K. Hofer, from Salem, Missouri, seated in cockpit with ground crew standing on the wing, at Debden air base.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 334th Fighter Squadron 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2045177
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: California, bust
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron



Date: 25 Mar 2015 12:32:14