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Major Rufus 'R C' Franklin, pilot, and ground crew members beside the Lockheed P-38J Lightning "Strictly Stellas' Baby" of the 20th Fighter Group In England.

(L to R:) Jim Cavalier, Isadore Jaffe, R C Franklin, Max Pyles (Crew Chief,) Charles Fink.



  • 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. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 79th Fighter Squadron


  • John Cavalier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Communications

  • Charles Fink

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Armament

  • R Franklin

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 3 kills, one third shared 1 x Me110, 1 x Me109, 1 x He111, 1/3 x He177, Squadron CO 79FS. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). ...

  • Isadore Jaffe

    Military | Sergeant


  • 42-104086 'Strictly Stella's Baby' ' Lucky Lady'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Rufus C Franklin. Re-assigned to Lt Arthur W Heiden when 'R C' was moved to HQ. Transferred to 402FS, 370FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recce to Malmedy, hit by flak whilst...

  • 42-68037 'Strictly Stella's Baby'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major R C Franklin. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Written off after forced landing RAF Peplow Lt Joseph N Buie. 3-Nov-44.


  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...


Date Contributor Update
21 October 2016 17:13:44 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations