FRE 177


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Capt. Frederick J. Christensen of the 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, holds up six fingers to show the number of aircraft he shot down during a mission on 7 July 1944. Passed for publication 8 July 1944. Printed caption attached to print: 'U.S. airman overnight becomes fighter ace shoots down 6 Nazi planes in one combat. Captain Frederick Christensen, Jr. 22 years old of 11, Wilmit St., Watertown, Mass. A 8th Air Force fighter pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt "The Rozzie Geth" named after his girl friend Miss Rosamund Gethro, also of Watertown, Mass. established a new record in Air Corps history. When he personally encountered 12 enemy craft over Magdeburg, Germany, while escorting B-17 bombers on an early morning mission, he passed them by until he could manouevre into a perfect position with the sun in his tail. The he turned back to attack them and accounted for the downing of six enemy planes. Keystone photo shows: Captain Frederick J. Christensen, Jr. exhibiting figure SIX as he poses for the camera, to denote the number of planes shot down by him in one combat. Bill Jones / pool / I.N.P. / F. Keystone Boston, Mass.'


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Captain Frederick J. Christensen, of the 56th Fighter Group with his P-47 Thunderbolt. Printed caption on reverse: 'AP 30306. Top Scoring U.S. Fighter Group. Captain Frederick J. Christensen of Watertown, Massachusetts, an ace in the "Zemke Wolf Pack," the top-scoring U.S. fighter group in England, has shot down 22 enemy planes, six of these on Independence Day, July 4, 1944. He is the holder of the Air Medal and three clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with the four clusters and the Silver Star. The "Z
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 62nd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11047421 / O-794920
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot


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