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Pilots including Lieutenant Robert C Strobell of the 353rd Fighter Group with a P-47 Thunderbolt. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Strobell extreme right.'

As you look at the photo front row left is Robert E. Bachand and right is Henry J. Carbonneau. Rear right is Robert C. Strobell, centre is Hardy L. Biddy and left is John J. Hatch of Norristown, Pa. The photo was taken at Raydon some point before 5th August 1944 when Hatch was lost over the North Sea. Maybe Hatch is behind the camera for the other photo in this series?

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Pilots including Lieutenant Robert C Strobell of the 353rd Fighter Group with a P-47 Thunderbolt. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Strobell extreme right.'

Connections

Units

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron

People

  • Robert Bachand

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. End Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Hardy Biddy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Graduated from Hobart High and attended Oklahoma University. He entered the USAAC in May 1942, trained in San Antonio and Victoria TX, Sikeston MO and Enid OK. Shipped overseas in February 1944 and served in England with 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF....

  • Henry Carbonneau

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Flew with the 351st Fighter Squadron/353rd Fighter Group based at Raydon, Suffolk, England from 28-May-44 until Nov-44. On 8-Jun-44 Carbonneau shot down an Me109 for his only aerial victory. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Hatch

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into North Sea in P-47 #4226027

  • Robert Strobell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    He was a member of 'Watson's Whizzers' the team collecting German jet fighters for transport to the USA post war.

Locations

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 13:13:14 ------- Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

353rd FG Records

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 12:35:37 ------- Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

353rd FG Records

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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