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376th Fighter Squadron Pilots' returning to their squadron building from their last missions on D-Day. This group was photographed as they arrived on the crew truck driven by Sgt. Robert C. Long. From left to right: Capt. Wallace B. Frank, Lt. Robert G. Van Stryland, Lt. Clarence E. Sullivan, Lt. Cecil A. Laxton, Lt. Victor E. Bocquin and Lt. Robert D. Schirmer, Maj. Roswell Freedman, Capt. James B. Cheney and Lt. Chapman. 6th June 1944, Bottisham, Cambridgeshire.
Museum object reference no. BAM_0365




  • Victor Bocquin

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot / Flight Commander
    Assigned to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 5 x kills, including 3 x Fw190's in a day. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). ...

  • James Cheney

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot / Commanding Officer
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Awarded the DFC on his 50th combat mission (GO. #33) on April 19, 1944. Failed to Return (FTR) patrol to Munster in P-51D 'Scat-Cat' 44-14219 on his 75th combat mission. Mech failure, streaming oil prior to engine...

  • Wallace Frank

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Gace in P-51 #4324759

  • Roswell Freedman

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Flew 4 missions on D-Day, 3 days later hit diving at a troop train (won Purple Heart). Battle of the Bulge. ...

  • Cecil Laxton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    41 missions AM/ DFC

  • Robert Schirmer

    Military | Fighter Pilot

  • Clarence Sullivan

    Military | Second Lieutenant


Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 11:55:28 K Flynn Changes to unit associations and person associations

Associated Cecil A. Laxton, Clarence E. Sullivan, James B. Cheney, Robert D. Schirmer, Roswell Freedman, Victor E. Bocquin and Wallace B. Frank by names given in caption.
Associated squadron by information in caption

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2015 09:43:25 K Flynn Created entry with collection and caption

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