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Pilots of the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group at Duxford in the summer of 1944, outside what is now Duxford’s Battle of Britain exhibition. From left to right, Troy Eggleston, Roland Wolfe, Winfield Brown and Larry Nelson. Eggleston was killed later that year.

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  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter 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 ...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • Winfield Brown

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot
    19th March 1945 is noted in the Duxford Fighter Group’s History as being a day that would never be forgotten. On that day one of the most intense and successful air battles of WW2 was fought by Duxford’s 78th Fighter Group. Consequently detailed...

  • Troy Eggleston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Diephoiz in P-47 #4227297

  • Lawrence Nelson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Roland Wolfe

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Entered WW II through the RCAF into the RAF, flying with the 133 [Eagle] Squadron, while flying a Spitfire on a convoy patrol, suffered engine failure and baled out, landing in Eire, 13 miles from his base, was picked up by the Irish army and interned...


  • 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...


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