IWM catalogue record
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Flight Surgeon Captain George R. Hornig serves up tea to pilots of the 56th Fighter Group in the mess at Halesworth air base. On the front row are, left to right: Captain Francis S. Gabreski, Lieutenant Eugene E. Barnum, an unknown pilot and Lieutenant-Colonel David C. Schilling. Passed for publication 29 November 1943. Printed caption attached to the rest of this series: '"Ace" Flight-Surgeon is combination family physician, foster-father and chaplain.' And: 'Associated Press photo shows: "Doc" Hornig helps to serve "his boys" in the mess on their return from an operational flight.'
Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...
Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed one tour of duty, returning for a second tour. Credited with two aerial kills. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Bingen in P-47 44-19739, positioning himself for a deflection shot on a Bf109, 2nd Lt Wyman A...
Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot
Francis S Gabreski (born Franciszek Gabryszewski) was the son of Polish immigrants to the US. He enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps in July 1940, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Reserve in March 1941 and was posted to...
Military | Captain | Ground Officer
George R ‘Doc’ Hornig was responsible for the wellbeing of the pilots he worked with, administering medicine and conducting health checks to keep them flying.
Military | Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer; Assistant Director Intelligence
Schilling flew P-47 Thunderbolts and was one of the leading aces of the war. He was Commanding Officer of the 56th Fighter Group between August 1944 and January 1945, taking over from Colonel Hubert A Zemke.
29 November 1943
This mission is composed of two fighter elements despatached to escort B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. The first element is a force of 38 P-38s (includes some from 20FG/77FS) from 55FG. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 5KIA 2POW. The...
Military site : airfield
Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...