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Lieutenant-Colonel Frank B. James, a pilot with the 55th Fighter Group, at Nuthampstead air base. Passed for publication 12 November 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'Lt. Col. Frank B. James, a Lightning P-38 Group Commander, of Huntington Park, Calif., about to set out on an operational flight.'



  • 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...


  • Frank James

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot / Director of Operations


  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:36 AAM AAM ingest

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