IWM catalogue record
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Technical Sergeant H. Leachman of the 479th Fighter Group, sits on the nose of a a P-51 Mustang (J2-R, serial number 44-14327) flown by Colonel Kyle L Riddle. Handwritten caption on reverse: '#1 H Leachman preflight. Probably about 1944.'
The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....
Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief
Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.
Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.
Military site : airfield
Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...