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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.'



  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    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....


  • Harlan Leachman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Wattisham

    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...


Date Contributor Update
17 July 2016 03:07:04 466thHistorian Changes to place associations and aircraft associations

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:22:27 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection