FRE 187


By downloading this image, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions

War correspondent Gladwin Hill is shown the armament on P-47 Thunderbolt 41-6209 by a ground crewman of the 56th Fighter Group, probably at Kings Cliffe air base where the 56th FG were based from 13 January 1943 to 5 April 1943. MAJ Loren G. "Mac" McCollom sits in the cockpit. Passed for publication 11 March 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'The guns mounted in the wings of the Thunderbolt. And March 11th 1943. PN.'


See how this entry relates to other items in the archive by exploring the connections below.



Captain Bernard Thompson of the 387th Bomb Group and War Correspondent Gladwin Hill of the Associated Press, in the cockpit of a B-26 Marauder. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 8 May 1944.' [stamp] and '319310.' [censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'AP War Correspondent Pays A Visit To A Marauder Base "Somewhere In England". Associated Press Photo Shows:- Left, Gladwyn Hill, A.P. War Correspondent sits in the cockpit of a Marauder, right pilot Capt. Bernar
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: The Writing 69th
  • Role/Job: War Correspondent
Major Loren G. McCollom, of the 56th Fighter Group with a P-47 Thunderbolt, 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Major Loren G. McCollom, 1943.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 353rd Fighter Group 56th Fighter Group 61st Fighter Squadron Headquarters (353rd Fighter Group) Headquarters (56th Fighter Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-393150
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer, Pilot


A P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 41-6209) of the 56th Fighter Group prepares to take at Kings Cliffe, 11 March 1943. Passed for publication 11 Mar 1943. Printed caption on reverse: '7 & 8. The new P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane photographed at a U.S. Amry Air Force station "somewhere in England". And March 11th 1943 PN.' On reverse: Planet News, Not To Be Released Before, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 56th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron 62nd Fighter Squadron



Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47
ContributorLucy May
ChangesChanges to caption, person associations and aircraft associations

Pilot identified by Gerry Asher in

Identified Gladwin Hill from other photos of him in the Roger Freeman Collection e.g.

Date: 8 Sep 2014 15:42:42
ChangesAAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection