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Page 24 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

  • Richard Conner

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Russia evader ...

  • Manford Croy

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Manford Croy attended the Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Nebraska and later the University of Washington, graduating in 1941. He enlisted in February 1943 and trained as a Pilot. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 78th Fighter Group / 82nd Fighter...

  • Huie Lamb

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Huie Lamb, from Abilene Texas, flew 61 combat missions (167:40 combat hours in a P-47, 107:50 in a P-51) with the 82nd Fighter Squadron. He shot down 2 and half aircraft in the air, and was responsible for the destruction of three aircraft on the...

  • Joseph Myers

    Military | Brigadier General | Fighter Pilot, Commanding Officer
    Joseph Myers served as a pilot with the 55th Fighter Group and with the 78th Fighter Group. He also served in Korea and Vietnam. Retired from USAF in October 1970. ...

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
05 October 2015 16:43:50 Emily Changes to person associations
Sources

Associated James Wilkinson for image of Freida Wilkinson, bottom left

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2015 11:00:24 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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Associated page with the appropriate entries of people/places/aircraft etc.

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2015 17:10:24 Lucy May Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place associations
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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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