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IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Pilot Lieutenant-Colonel Luther H. Richmond with his aircraft, P-47 Thunderbolt (PZ-R, serial number 42-8412), named "Sweetie", at Bodney air base, winter 1943 - 1944. Pin-up artwork by Alberto Vargas. 1943 - 1944. Lieutenant-Colonel Richmond flew with the 486th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group.



  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 486th Fighter Squadron


  • Luther Richmond

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Vechta on 15 Apr 44 in P-51 #437196


  • 42-8412 'Sweetie'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.


  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:54 AAM AAM ingest

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