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Captain Glenn Miller with First Lieutenant A.L. Mellor, Lieutenant-Colonel David L. Schilling and Lieutenant-Colonel Douglas G. Pollard of the 56th Fighter Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Boxted airbase, left to right: Capt. Glenn Miller; 1st Lieut. A.L. Mellor[sic] - 33rd Special Service Officer; Lt. Col. David L. Schilling, Flying Exec (then) 56th Fighter Group; Lt. Col. Douglas G. Pollard, F.O. 33rd Service Gp that supported the 56th. Later integrated under the 56th Fighter Group.' Second handwritten on reverse: 'Boxted. 8/44. L to R: Cpt. Glenn Miller, 1/Lt. A. Mellor 33rd Special Service Officer, L/C Dave Schilling, FE 56FG, Lt Col. Douglas G. Pollard, CO 33rd Service Gp.'
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 | Major | Band Leader, Entertainer
Glenn Miller enlisted in the US Army Air Force in 1942 leaving behind a successful music career. He was appointed as a Captain in the Army Specialist Corps and specialized in raising soldiers' morale through music. Miller organized the Glenn Miller...
Military | Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer; Assistant Director Intelligence
Schilling flew P-47 Thunderbolts and was one of the leading aces of the war. He was Commanding Officer of the 56th Fighter Group between August 1944 and January 1945, taking over from Colonel Hubert A Zemke.
Military site : airfield
Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...