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4th Fighter Group pilot Captain Howard "Deacon" Hivlley about to embark on the first historic Britain to Russia Shuttle Mission. Note that his nickname "Deacon" is stencilled on his flying helmet and is just visable. Also note that it is still the dark of early dawn in the background, denoting when the group took off.
Offical caption on back: "ENGLAND-Preparing for the take off on the first Britain to Russia Shuttle Mission-Capt. Howard Hively, of Ward, W. Va., taxis his 8th Fighter Command North American P-51 Mustang out to escort heavy bombers which attacked targets in central Germany and then land in Russia."



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15 March 2017 21:49:45 WD-C Mustang Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations