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"A ground crewman riding the wing of a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt direct the pilot, a member of the 354th fighter-bomber group, taxiing his plane on the runway of a front line Ninth Air force field. The pilot, his vision obscured, receives information from the "wingman" to avoid obstacles. Mechanics meet the plane at the end of the runway. FRANCE."

- Major Glenn T Eagleston of the 353rd Ftr Sq, 354th FG aboard his assigned P-47D, 44-20473 (coded FT-L)



  • 9th Air Force
  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 353rd Fighter Squadron


  • Glenn Eagleston

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF flying P-39's stateside. Transferred to 353FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF flying P-47's and P-51's. Glenn Eagleston was an ace pilot, having been credited with a total of 20.5 aircraft during World War II and Korea. ...


  • 44-20473

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 353FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Personal A/C of Glenn T. Eagleston.


Date Contributor Update
13 May 2018 18:44:21 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption and unit associations