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WZ-Y, 'Roger the Lodger' at Duxford



  • 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


  • 42-25871 'Nigger II', 'Roger the Lodger'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47 42-25871 was flown by Captain Richard Holly, who gave it the nickname 'Nigger II', named after his wife because of her sun tan. The aircraft was also flown by Lt. Charles D Whitefield, who nicknamed it 'Roger the Lodger'.


  • 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
15 January 2022 04:18:22 davidwnv Changes to person associations

Edited 14 Jan 2022 by Charles D. Whitefield II, son of Charles D. Whitefield

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2019 13:58:56 Emily Changes to unit associations and person associations

Changed 84th Fighter Wing to Squadron, removed associations not depicted in image

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2019 06:19:27 davidwnv Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

These are images of my Dad, 1st Lt Charles D Whitefield of Ranger, Texas, flying P-47 42-25871, 'Roger the Lodger' WZ-Y based at Duxford.