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"1st Lt J E Brasher, Rfd #2, [ New Mexico ], of the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, poses in the cockpit of his Republic P-47 'Nice Kitty' at 8th Air Force Station F-357, in Duxford, England. 3 April 1944". - 1st Lt Jerry E Brasher of the 82nd FS, 78th FG in the cockpit of his P-47D 42-76585 (coded MX-F). Officially credited with one confirmed aerial victory.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12404-72329AC.



  • 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. ...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • Gerald Brasher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Gerald E 'Jerry' Brasher served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group. He was a ace with 6 kills to his credit. 1 x confirmed [Air], 5 x confirmed [Ground]. Transferred to 310FRS, 27ATG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Hink

    Military | Sergeant | Asst crew chief
    Assigned to 82FS, 78BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Dominic Kolenic

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: BSM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Mueller

    Military | Corporal | Armourer
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 42-76549 Nice Kitty / Dude

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Gerald E Brasher. Reassigned to Lt Merle Capp. Crew Chief - S/Sgt Dominic M Kolenic Asst Crew Chief - Cpl Donald R Hink Armourer - Cpl George S Mueller


Date Contributor Update
11 April 2017 12:26:20 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations