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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Colonel Ray J Stecker of the 365th Fighter Group straps Staff Sergeant Bailey R Ingram into the cockpit of his two- seat P-47 Thunderbolt. Image stamped on reverse: 'Passed for publication 22 Nov 1944.'[stamp], 'Sacred.' [stamp] Printed caption on reverse: 'Two-seated P-47, Nov 22. Official 9th US Air Force photo. NINTH AIR FORCE HEADQUARTERS, SOMEWHERE IN FRNACE.... A P-47 Thunderbolt fighter-bomber, normally seating only the pilot, has been converted into a passenger plane at a Ninth Air Force base in Belgium. Colonel Ray J Stecker, Hazleton, Pa, the group commander, is shown adjusting the safety straps on his crew chief (right) Staff Sergeant Bailey R Ingram, 705 Hogan St, Jacksonville, Fla, seated in the passenger compartment. The plane is used by observers and correspondents on combat missions.'



  • 365th Fighter Group

    365th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the...


  • Bailey Ingram

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aircraft Mechanic

  • Ray Stecker

    Military | Colonel | Group Commander


Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:15 AAM AAM ingest

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