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Ground personnel of the 56th Fighter Group with a P-47 Thunderbolt commemorating the service of Colonel Hubert Zemke. Zemke has handwritten on the reverse: 'Boxted AB England- May or June. The crew (ground) that did the touch up and support work on the P-47M put on display in Paris France. Names Unknown. Members of the 56th Fighter Group and 33rd Service Group. Shoddy looking but capable to the [illegible] of the base.'
Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...
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
Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...
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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection