P-47 Thunderbolts including (serial number is 44-20230) at Mount Farm in August 1944. The black nose bands on the aircraft indicate they have not been assigned to a unit, and are likely on a delivery flight from Burtonwood. 44-20230 flew with the 53rd FS, 36th FG and more than likely retained the black nose bands throughout her tenure with the Squadron. 53rd airplanes flew with either bare cowlings or black nose bands, while her sister 36th FG squadrons flew with red (22nd FS) or black/yellow (23rd FS). They are likely being prepped to cross the channel to join up with the 36th on the continent. Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group. Written on slide casing: 'Mount Farm.'
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- Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
- Nationality: American
- Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 14th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron 22nd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
- Service Numbers: 34332526
- Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
- Role/Job: Photographic Supply
Aircraft identified, and further information provided by user Pyker
Per the P-47 Database, 44-20230 flew with the 53rd FS, 36th FG. Unit connections and ID added here. http://p-47.database.pagesperso-orange.fr/Database/44-xxxxx.htm
IWM, Roger Freeman Collection