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At Boxted air base, Staff Sergeant Robert E. Robischon of the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, re-arms each of the eight 50 calibre machine guns on a P-47 Thunderbolt whilst Master Sergeant James H. McGee and Sergeant John A. Koval attach a bomb to the undercarriage of the port wing. The 56th Fighter Group were stationed at Boxted between 18 April 1944 and 9 September 1945. Printed caption on reverse of print: '53459 A.C. - Arming up the plane for a mission over France. S.Sgt. Robert E. Robischon, Syracuse New York. Rearms the four 50 caliber machine guns while M.Sgt. James H. McGee, Pine Bluff, Ark. and Sgt. John A. Koval, Rochester, N.Y. attaches bomb..'



  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron



  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


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