FRE 57


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Lieutenant-Colonel Oscar Coen and a ground crewman, both of the 4th Fighter Group, on the wing of P-47 Thunderbolt at Debden air base, October 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'American Thunderbolt Fighters are proving a terror to the Germans. The pilots (former members of the RAF) flying their high altitude fast diving fighters that have accounted for many enemy planes. In one raid over Paris the fighters of this Station accounted for 17 down, 5 probables and one damaged 15/10/43'. And 'Lt. Col. Oscar Coen of Illinois is an ace and one of the original Eagle Squadron. He has won the British and US D.F.C. He is here seen on the wing of his plane with a mechanic'.


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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 356th Fighter Group 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron 336th Fighter Squadron No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-885105
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot-1055 Squadron Commander



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