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Left to right: Captain Foy E. Higginbottom, Lieutenant Hubert "Bill" Davis and Lieutenant John A. Kirk, all pilots of the 83rd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, drink Coca-Cola outside a Nissen hut at Duxford air base. 1943-1945.



  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 83rd Fighter Squadron


  • Hubert Davis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. 35 missions. Credited with 4 x victories. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Foy Higginbottom

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Bud Higginbottom served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group. Air Medal with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters.

  • John Kirk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    73 missions with P-47 and P-51. (19-12-44; 19-12-44; 19-03-45; 21-03-45 dates of air shoot downs) DFC/ AM w/ 15 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO w/ 3 Battle Stars 4 Air, 4 Ground


  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:02 AAM AAM ingest

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