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P-47 Thunderbolts including (serial number is 44-20230) at Mount Farm in August 1944.

The black nose bands on the aircraft indicate they have not been assigned to a unit, and are likely on a delivery flight from Burtonwood.
44-20230 flew with the 53rd FS, 36th FG and more than likely retained the black nose bands throughout her tenure with the Squadron. 53rd airplanes flew with either bare cowlings or black nose bands, while her sister 36th FG squadrons flew with red (22nd FS) or black/yellow (23rd FS). They are likely being prepped to cross the channel to join up with the 36th on the continent.

Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group.

Written on slide casing: 'Mount Farm.'

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Two P-47 Thunderbolts of the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group at Mount Farm.

Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group.

Written on slide casing: 'Mount Farm.'



  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...

  • 53rd Fighter Squadron


  • Robert Astrella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographic Supply
    Staff Sergeant Robert Astrella was a keen photographer, he photographed the aircraft that visited Mount Farm, and like many airmen he used his leave to travel to historic sites around Britain. His colour photographs are a rich record of Britain at war ...



  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...


Date Contributor Update
26 December 2019 17:03:17 Cobrahistorian Changes to caption and unit associations

Per the P-47 Database, 44-20230 flew with the 53rd FS, 36th FG. Unit connections and ID added here.

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2019 11:33:46 Emily Changes to caption and aircraft associations

Aircraft identified, and further information provided by user Pyker

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:28:55 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection