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A P-47 Thunderbolt nicknamed "Fifinella" of the 350th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force.
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2567
  • Description: A P-47 Thunderbolt nicknamed "Fifinella" of the 350th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force.
Lieutenant Bob Walker watches Captain "Stormy" Sadowski of the 56th Fighter Group give a weather report to pilots landing at Boxted. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Lt. Bob Walker, pilot in 61st Fighter Squadron not flying that day, looks on while "Stormy" Sadowski contacts leader of 56th Fighter Group over the radio to warn that "Oranges are sown", which was a code that weather conditions were too bad to attempt a landing at the airfield of Boxted.'
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2568
  • Description: Lieutenant Bob Walker watches Captain "Stormy" Sadowski of the 56th Fighter Group give a weather report to pilots landing at Boxted. Handwritten...
The wreck of a P-47 Thunderbolt of the 56th Fighter Group. Official caption on image: "33SG-4G110-3-P47-Crash Damage."
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2565
  • Description: The wreck of a P-47 Thunderbolt of the 56th Fighter Group. Official caption on image: "33SG-4G110-3-P47-Crash Damage."
A pilot of the 56th Fighter Group with his P-47 Thunderbolt, nicknamed "Lucky".
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2566
  • Description: A pilot of the 56th Fighter Group with his P-47 Thunderbolt, nicknamed "Lucky".
German personnel inspect a crashed P-47D Thunderbolt (UN-O, serial number 42-74722) of the 56th Fighter Group, flown by First Lieutenant O'Connor, near Goesfeld, 11 November 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '11/11/43. O'Connor's P-47. Hans . Claimed by flak.'
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2571
  • Description: German personnel inspect a crashed P-47D Thunderbolt (UN-O, serial number 42-74722) of the 56th Fighter Group, flown by First Lieutenant O'Connor...
A P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 44-21175) commemorating the service of Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 56th Fighter Group and 479th Fighter Group, on display at the Eiffel Tower, 1945. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'June 1945 - P-47H under the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.'
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2572
  • Description: A P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 44-21175) commemorating the service of Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 56th Fighter Group and 479th Fighter Group, on...
Captain "Stormy" Sadowski, a weather officer of the 56th Fighter Group in his quarters at Halesworth, February 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Photo was taken in Feb 1944 in England. Notice the photo on the mantelpiece. My bedroom at Halesworth, Suffolk, October 19 1943 to April 19 1944.'
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2569
  • Description: Captain "Stormy" Sadowski, a weather officer of the 56th Fighter Group in his quarters at Halesworth, February 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse:...
Captain "Stormy" Sandowski a weather officer of the 56th Fighter Group studying a map, April 1945. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'April 1945, near Colchester, East England. Action photo of studying the weather for the morning's briefing. The map on which I am working is visible.'
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2570
  • Description: Captain "Stormy" Sandowski a weather officer of the 56th Fighter Group studying a map, April 1945. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'April 1945, near...
P-47 Thunderbolts of the 56th Fighter Group take off in tandem at Boxted, 17 January 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '56 P-47 T/O Boxted.'
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2573
  • Description: P-47 Thunderbolts of the 56th Fighter Group take off in tandem at Boxted, 17 January 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '56 P-47 T/O Boxted.'
Ammunition for US Army Air Force aircraft in crates.
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 6921
  • Description: Ammunition for US Army Air Force aircraft in crates.
The contrail from a V-2 rocket, photographed from B-24 Liberator of the 93rd Bomb Group, 254 December 1944. Image via Glenn Tessmer, 93rd Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: 'V2 24/12/44.' Handwritten on reverse of duplicate print: 'A V-2 on wat to England (probably London) taken Oct- Nov 1944 from over Germany looking toward Holland.'
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 6922
  • Description: The contrail from a V-2 rocket, photographed from B-24 Liberator of the 93rd Bomb Group, 254 December 1944. Image via Glenn Tessmer, 93rd Bomb Group...
Contrails left behinb by aircraft of the US Army Air Forces.
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 6923
  • Description: Contrails left behinb by aircraft of the US Army Air Forces.
Contrails left behinb by aircraft of the US Army Air Forces.
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 6924
  • Description: Contrails left behinb by aircraft of the US Army Air Forces.
A Norden bombsight. Caption on reverse of photograph: 'NYP 47180'[ written annotation].'11/27/44. SIGHT THAT SENDS U.S. BOMBS TO THEIR MARK. The famed Norden bombsight , one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war, is the almost human device that enables U.S. bombers to hit their targets with uncanny accuracy. The lower half, containing a horizontal gyroscope to maintain azimuth control, is usually permanently installed in the plane. The vertical gyroscope, which stabilizes the telescope sight, is
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 6925
  • Description: A Norden bombsight. Caption on reverse of photograph: 'NYP 47180'[ written annotation].'11/27/44. SIGHT THAT SENDS U.S. BOMBS TO THEIR MARK. The famed...
Windsor Castle. Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group . Written on slide casing: 'Windsor?'
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 6927
  • Description: Windsor Castle. Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group . Written on slide casing: 'Windsor?'
P-47 Thunderbolts (LM-R, serial number 42-7870), (LM-X, serial number 41-6224), (LM-O, serial number 41-6347), (LM-B, serial number 41-6193), (LM-C, serial number 42-7979) and (LM-G) of the 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group fly in formation with a B-24 Liberator, 29 May 1943.
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2575
  • Description: P-47 Thunderbolts (LM-R, serial number 42-7870), (LM-X, serial number 41-6224), (LM-O, serial number 41-6347), (LM-B, serial number 41-6193), (LM-C...
The wreck of a P-47 Thunderbolt of the 56th Fighter Group. Official caption on image: "33SG-4G110-2-P-47-Crash Damage."
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2574
  • Description: The wreck of a P-47 Thunderbolt of the 56th Fighter Group. Official caption on image: "33SG-4G110-2-P-47-Crash Damage."
Captain Fred Christensen, of the 56th Fighter Group with his P-47 Thunderbolt. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Fred Christensen.'
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2580
  • Description: Captain Fred Christensen, of the 56th Fighter Group with his P-47 Thunderbolt. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Fred Christensen.'
Max Victor, Harold E. Comstock and Asa D. Maus of the 56th Fighter Group with a P-47 Thunderbolt. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Left: Max Victor. Middle: Harold E. Comstock. Right: Asa D. Maus.'
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2581
  • Description: Max Victor, Harold E. Comstock and Asa D. Maus of the 56th Fighter Group with a P-47 Thunderbolt. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Left: Max Victor...
A P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 44-21187) of the 56th Fighter Group.
  • Media Type: Image
  • Collection Name: Roger Freeman Collection
  • Object Number: FRE 2582
  • Description: A P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 44-21187) of the 56th Fighter Group.