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1Lt. Gerald I. Rounds of the 97th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group, 12th Air Force with his P-38 Lightning nicknamed "Chicken Dit".

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An airman of the 82nd Fighter Group, 12th Air Force with his P-38 Lightning nicknamed "Chicken Dit".



  • 82nd Fighter Group

    82nd Fighter Group

    The 82nd Fighter Group flew training missions from bases in Northern Ireland between October and December 1942. They then joined the Twelfth Air Force in North Africa, supporting the ground invasion of Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. Between October 1943...

  • 97th Fighter Squadron

    97th Fighter Squadron

    The squadron was first activated in early 1942 at Harding Field, Louisiana as the 97th Pursuit Squadron,[2] one of the original three squadrons of the 82d Pursuit Group.[3] It soon moved to California where it equipped with Lockheed P-38 Lightnings and...

  • Twelfth Air Force

    Twelfth Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...


  • Gerald Rounds

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot
    Gerald Rounds served as a fighter pilot with the 97th Fighter Squadron of the 82nd Fighter Group, flying P-38s in the Mediterranean Theater.


Date Contributor Update
20 January 2018 23:45:43 eagle0025 Changes to caption and unit associations

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Date Contributor Update
19 January 2018 01:43:36 eagle0025 Changes to caption

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