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Left to right: Crew Chief Staff Sergeant James O. Tolleson and pilot Second Lieutenant Louis De Anda, of the 78th Fighter Group, inspect the damage to their P-51 Mustang at Duxford air base. February 1945. Printed caption on reverse of print: 'EA 52913 PRO-HQ'45 Flak Holed Fighter Hit Over German Rail Yards - "That's where they hit my plane", Second Lieutenant Louis De Anda, (right) of East Bakerfield, Calif. is saying as he points out where flak tore through the side of his U.S. Eighth Air Force P-51 Mustang to Staff Sergeant James O. Tolleson, maintenance crew chief from Inman, S. Carolina. Lt. De Anda had just blown up an oil car on a train believed to be carrying V-2 parts when flak put up by German ground defenses crashed through the tail of his plane fuselage. The 78th Fighter Group, Lt. De Anda's group, escorted heavy bombers on the second day of the all-out onslaught against German transportation on February 23rd.'



  • 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 ...


  • Louis DeAnda

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, AM (13OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, OCC, American Defence and Campaign medals.

  • James Tolleson

    Military | Staff Sergeant


  • 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
08 September 2014 15:19:12 AAM AAM ingest

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