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Page 13 of the Duxford Diary.
Many of the 8th Air Force Groups produced an unofficial unit history in the months after the war ended in Europe but before they were redeployed out of the ETO (‘European Theater of Operations’). The Duxford Diary was the book created by and for the service personnel who were based at Duxford at the end of the war in Europe, as a memento of their time at the airfield.

Resembling a college yearbook, unit histories were an unofficial – and often tongue-in-cheek – record of the unit’s time in the UK. They include photo montages showing different aspects of base life. Often the servicemen in the photos are unnamed. The American Air Museum hopes that by adding unit histories to the website as individual pages, the men in the photos will be identified and associated to their person entries.

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Units

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

People

  • Henry Arnold

    Military | General | Commanding General of Army Air Forces
    Became "chief of the Army Air Forces on June 30, 1941, and that December he got a third star. When the War Department General Staff was organized in March 1942 Arnold became commanding general of Army Air Forces. Prior to and all during World War II,...

  • Ira Eaker

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force
    Commanding General of 8th AF 1 December 1942 to 5 January 1944. Following that, Eaker was given command of all Allied air forces in the MTO, and in April 1945 became Deputy CG of the USAAF. Retired July 1947. ...

  • Frank Hunter

    Military | Major General | Commanding General
    Formerly command pilot. WW I Ace. Hunter AFB named for him. CG VIIIFC 14 May 1942 to 29 August 1943. Retired 31 March 1946. 4 DSCs WW I

  • Arman Peterson

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer
    78th FG 84FS. Col Arman Peterson, came from Flagstaff, Arizona, and called his Thunderbolt “Flagari”. He was the first CO of 78th Fighter Group at Duxford and was killed in action 1st July 1943 on the day the group had destroyed four FW 190s, and...

Locations

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2015 10:35:39 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
Sources

Associated page with the appropriate entries of people/places/aircraft etc.

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2015 16:58:15 Lucy May Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place associations
Sources

These scans were made from a copy of the Duxford Diary in IWM’s Collections. This is one of the copies printed in September 1945 by the Duxford Diary Staff and Committee for the American units stationed at the airfield.

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