IWM catalogue record
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Executives of the 354th Fighter Group, Major George R Bickell, Lieutenant Colonel Wallace P Mace and Major Owen M Seaman, with a P-51 Mustang. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 13 Jan 1944.' [stamp] and '296917.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'THE P-51B- WORLD'S FASTEST FIGHTER PLANE. Associated Press photo shows: Three executives of the new P-51B Fighter Group who were at Pearl Harbour the day the Japs attacked. Left to Right, Major George R Bickell, aged 27, of Butty, NJ, Lt col Wallace P Mace, aged 28 of 850 Coatsville Ave, Salt lake City, Utah and Major Owen M Seaman, San Mateo, Calif.'
The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...
Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander
CO 354th FG Apr 17, 1944 to Feb 28, 1945 & Apr 13, 1945 to May 31, 1945
CO 355th FS Nov 16, 1942 to Apr 6, 1944
Flight commander 18th PG Hickam Field, TH 1940-42
3.5 air kills
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot/Deputy Group Commander
Wally, as his family and friends called him, started his military career in the army artillery before World War II. Early on he knew the army air corps was his calling and was one of the first graduates in 1940. Shortly after he was stationed in a...
Military | Major | Pilot
Owen Seaman was serving as the Commanding Officer of the 353rd Fighter Squadron when he went missing over the North Sea. He is commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery.
P-51B 43-12173 'Peg O' my Heart'