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Lieutenant Stephen C Ananian a pilot of the 339th Fighter Group wearing the runway control officers' uniform of striped pyjama jacket and white baseball cap, on the runway at Fowlmere. Image via Stephen C Ananian, 339th Fighter Group. Written on slide casing: 'Steve Ananian 505 FS Pilot, runway control officer.'



  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 505th Fighter Squadron


  • Stephen Ananian

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. 64 combat missions, credited with destroying one Me 262 jet fighter and damaging two others in aerial combat, as well as three aircraft on the ground while strafing enemy airfields. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD...



  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...


Date Contributor Update
13 February 2015 13:54:17 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

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