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A P-47 Thunderbolt (YJ-H_, serial number 42-74615) nicknamed "My Best Bett" of the 353rd Fighter Group at Mount Farm. Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group. Written on slide casing: '353 FG My Best Bett, Mount Farm.'

The personal aircraft of Lt. William J. Weaver of Webster, North Dakota based at Raydon with the 351st Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group.

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A P-47 Thunderbolt (YJ-H_, serial number 42-74615) nicknamed "My Best Bett" of the 353rd Fighter Group at Mount Farm. Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group. Written on slide casing: '353 FG My Best Bett, Mount Farm.'

Connections

Units

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron

People

  • Robert Astrella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographic Supply
    Staff Sergeant Robert Astrella was a keen photographer, he photographed the aircraft that visited Mount Farm, and like many airmen he used his leave to travel to historic sites around Britain. His colour photographs are a rich record of Britain at war ...

  • William Weaver

    Military | Second Lieutenant

Locations

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2016 16:43:56 ------- Changes to caption, unit associations and person associations
Sources

353rd FG Records

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:30:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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