IWM catalogue record
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Sergeant Robert Flaiz, a radio mechanic with the 55th Fighter Group, in the cockpit of a P-38H Lightning at Nuthampstead air base. Passed for publication 12 November 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'Sgt. Robert Flaiz, of Quincy, Ill., a radio mechanic in the cockpit of a Lightning P-38 test the microphone before setting out on an operational flight.'
The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Communications Section
Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.
Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military site : airfield
Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...