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A farm house used by Lieutenant Colonel David C Schilling of the 56th Fighter Group at Halesworth. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'This farm house at Halesworth Air Base used the space available for Dave C. Schilling and his 62nd Fighter Squadron to have their admin, Intelligence, Operations, Engineering, Armament and Communications. A hardstand just in front of the main house ran off the runway, in three days with the help of the 33rd Service Group. Carpenters and everyone in holding a faint hush - the "chatueau" became a hall-headquarters.'
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...
Military site : airfield
Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...
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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection