IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
Personnel of the 1st Fighter Group (15th Air Force) with No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron. Kirton-in-Lindsey, July 1942. Letter enclosed with print: 'Ground level left to right: Earl Hille; Robert Williams (deceased, 1 enemy aircraft shot down); George Sutcliffe (1 E/A); Pole (B. Baran); Glenn Hubbard (center) CO 94th FS (1/2 E/A); Jan Zumbach, the CO of No. 303 Polish Squadron; Pole (Jerzy Palusi?ski); Pole (Zygmunt Wodecki); James Harmon (KIA, 1 E/A). 1st step: Donald Starbuck (1 E/A Deceased); Jack Kille; Robert B Wilson; Pole (Zabreski); Robert Neale (3 E/A); Clifford Malzahn; Newell Roberts (5 E/A); Clarence Rimke KIA (1 E/A); Pole (J. Ostrowski). 2nd step, left to right: Pole (Adam Wojda); Everett Humphrey KIA; Pole (Longin Majewski); Pole (Tadeusz Powierza); Wesley Pringle (KIA); Pole (Miros?aw Szelestowski); Norman Widen (POW Deceased); Pole (Stanis?aw Socha); Pole (Antoni Kolubi?ski); Richard McWgeter (KIA 1 E/A); Pole (Maciej Lipinski); Sidney Pennington (KIA); Clark Jennings; Jack Ilfrey (6 E/A). Back row: Lewis Murdock (3 E/A); Pole (Boles?aw Drobi?ski). Drobi?ski identified all the Poles for me several years ago.'
The 1st Fighter Group were initially deployed to Britain in the summer of 1942 as part of Operation Bolero. After shuttling through a number of different bases in the UK, the Group was reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force in September 1942 and supported...
The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force.
Military site : airfield
Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....