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First Lieutenant James O Patton Jr of the 78th Fighter Group, being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross at Duxford c. June 1944.



  • 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 ...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron


  • James Patton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    James 'Jimmy' Patton Jr was born in 1922 in Birmingham Alabama. He was attending Birmingham Southern College and working for the Continental Gin Company when he enlisted in the US Army Air Forces in June 1942. After completing his flight training at...


  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Date Contributor Update
26 November 2021 08:25:05 Emily Changes to caption and place associations

Caption updated after comparing dates of service at Duxford of Lonnie Moseley (Late May- July 1944) and James Patton Jr (June-September 1944) to Patton's DFC Award Card held at NARA

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2017 10:46:06 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption and unit associations

IWM Collection: MOSELEY, L L and Family