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Pilots of the 55th Fighter Group meet the Mayor of Colchester, 1944 - 1945. Left to right they are: Lieutenant-Colonel Elwyn G. Righetti; Colonel George T. Crowell; Mr. Arthur W. Piper, Mayor of Colchester; unknown; Colonel Joe Huddleston.



  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...


  • George Crowell

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to HQ Sqn, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Elwyn Righetti

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Righetti held the rank of Major when he joined the 55th Fighter Group but it would only be a matter of days before he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He also spent just a couple of days with the 38th Fighter Squadron, before going to the 338th...


  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

  • Colchester

    Other location


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:33 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection