Colonel Ray J Stecker of the 365th Fighter Group with the damaged nose of his P-47 Thunderbolt. Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 13 Jun 1944.' [stamp] and '338719.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'FIGHTER PILOT HAS NARROW ESCAPE. Col Ray J Stecker of Pennsylvania, the CO of a 9th Fighter Group was attacked by 32 ME 109s he dived down and was hit by flak which went through his machine, missing him by inches, However he landed safely. Photo [email protected] Col Stecker talking to a fellow pilot beside his damaged plane.'
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- Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
- Nationality: American
- Unit: 365th Fighter Group Headquarters (365th Fighter Group)
- Highest Rank: Colonel
- Role/Job: Group Commander