This photo comes from my father, Lt. Billy J. Murray's WW2 scrapbook. In the picture from L to R are Unknown, Col. Ben Rimerman 353rd FG, Col. Dave Schilling 56th FG, unknown woman, and unknown.
The photo was taken in one of the booths in the 'Auger Inn' (Officer's Club) at Raydon on the occasion of Major General Earle E. Partridge's inspection visit to the 353rd Fighter Group on 9 February 1945.
Left to right facing the camera are: Col. Frederic C. Gray (C.O. of the 78th FG at Duxford until 29 January 1945 so given the date probably representing the 66th Fighter Wing), Col. Ben Rimerman (C.O. 353rd FG), Major General Earle E. Partidge (Commanding General 3rd Air Division), unknown servicewoman (likely General Partidge's assistant) and Brigadier General Norris B. Harbold (Chief of Staff, 3rd Air Division).
Dave Schilling is not facing the camera in the photo - if he was noted on this version of the photo, then the only possibility is the unidentified man with his back to the camera. Schilling commanded the 56th FG at nearby Boxted until 27 January 1945.
Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
Frederic C. Gray was born in 1911 near Palestine, Texas. He attended Rising Star High School and graduated in 1931 from Abilene Christian College with a bachelor of arts degree.
Military | Major | Chief of Staff
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Military | General | Commanding General
Formerly command pilot. CG 3rd AD 21 June 1944 to May 1945. Retired 31 July 1959.
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Military | Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer; Assistant Director Intelligence
Schilling flew P-47 Thunderbolts and was one of the leading aces of the war. He was Commanding Officer of the 56th Fighter Group between August 1944 and January 1945, taking over from Colonel Hubert A Zemke.
Military site : airfield
Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...