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Major General William Kepner congratulates Major Robert "Bob" Johnson of the 56th Fighter Grouup with Colonel Hubert Zemka and Lieutenant Colonel David Schilling, 1944. Zemke has handwritten on the reverse: 'Halesworth, March 1944. Maj.Gen. William Kepner congratulating Maj. Robert "Bob" Johnson on his record and latest victory. shown lft to rgt: (1) Col. Hub Zemke, CO 56th FG; (2) Bob Johnson, Opns. Off. 61st FS; (3)Gen. Kepner; (4) Lt.Col. Dave Schilling, Flying Ex. 56th FS.'
Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
Robert S Johnson enlisted in 1941 and shortly selected for flying training as a bomber pilot, he was commissioned in July 1942. In January 1943, he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group and travelled with them to England, he was unqualified to fly...
Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force Fighter Command
From 1909 to 1913, Kepner served in the US Marine Corps. By 1916 he was a second lieutenant in the Indiana National Guard. After a short spell in the US cavalry, in 1917 he transferred to the infantry as a captain and commanded a company at the Battle...
Military | Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer; Assistant Director Intelligence
Schilling flew P-47 Thunderbolts and was one of the leading aces of the war. He was Commanding Officer of the 56th Fighter Group between August 1944 and January 1945, taking over from Colonel Hubert A Zemke.
Military | Colonel | Fighter Group Commander; Pilot
17 air victories with 56th FG flying P-47s, 2 1/2 with 479th FG flying P-51s. Lost 30 October 1944 when P-51 broke up in storm. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft I. Was appointed as head of American Prisoner of War (POW)s while in camp. Retired from...
Military site : airfield
Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...