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"A Pilot Of The 364Th Fighter Group, 67Th Fighter Wing, Poses Beside His North American P-51 'Rugged Rebel' At The 8Th Air Force Station F-375, Honington, England. 14 October 1944". - Lt Col Allison C. Brooks, commander of the 1st Scouting Force, stands with his assigned P-51D 44-13686 "Rugged Rebel."

NARA ref 342-FH-3A12360-71823AC.



  • 1st Scouting Force
  • Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Formed by Col. Peaslee following presentation of his theory to Gen. Doolittle. The purpose of the Scouting Force concept was for experienced, tour expired lead bomber pilots, escorted by volunteer fighter pilots, to fly ahead of bomber formations to...


  • Allison Brooks

    Military | Major General | Commanding Officer, 1st Scouting Force. Former Group Operations Officer (401st BG)
    Assigned to 401BG, 8AF USAAF, Operations Officer. Transferred Scouting Force (ESF). Transferred 1st Scouting Force. ...


  • 44-13686 'Rugged Rebel III' 'Rugged Rebel'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 384FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX), 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 3-Feb-45. Lt John J Allen POW. MACR 12173.


  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...


Date Contributor Update
10 May 2017 10:36:51 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations