United States Air Chiefs of the European Theatre of Operations stand with a B-17 Flying Fortress of the 97th Bomb Group. Left to right these are: Major-General Frank, Brigadier-General Ira Eaker, Brigadier-General Robert Candee, Brigadier-General Frank O'Driscoll Hunter, Major-General Karl Spaatz and Lieutenant-General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 2 Aug 1942.' [stamp] 'USA (BRI) CCC: STF.' [written annotation] and '213540.' [Censor no.] A printed caption was previously attached to the image, the caption from the next image in the sequence reads: 'U.S AIR CHIEFS IN BRITAIN. Associated Press Photo Shows: Standing before Flying Fortress, symbol of U.S. Air Power.'
The Duchess of Kent, Colonel Edward Anderson and General Frank D Hunter inspect a P-47 Thunderbolt of the 4th Fighter Group during a royal visit to Debden, June 1943. Passed as censored 25 Jun 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Duchess Of Kent Presents Plaques To Former Eagle Squadron Pilots. H.R.H. The Duchess of Kent visited a U.S. Army Air Station and presented plaques bearing the Eagle Squadron insignia to men who served in the Eagle Squadrons of the R.A.F. prior to the entry of the U.S.A. into the war. Keystone Photo Shows: Left to Right: Col. Edward Anderson, of Tampa, Fla., Commanding Officer of this field; The Duchess of Kent; Gen. Frankel D. Hunter, of Savanna, Georgia, looking over at Fighter Plane (59). SG/US-Pool/B. Keystone.' On reverse: Keystone Press, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
Captain Eddie Richenbacker, Major General Hunter and Colonel Hubert Zemke adressing personnel of the 56th Fighter Group at Halesworth. Zemke has handwritten on reverse: 'Captain Eddie Richenbacker WW1 top US Ace, Frank OD, Major/Gen "Mark" Hunter CG 8th Fighter Command, Col Hub Zemke, Co 56th on receiving stand about to address the toops- Halesworth 1943. M/Gen Wm Kepner replaced M/T Frank OD Hunter. This is the only officer I ever told face to face his staff was the poorest I've ever seen. It stuck, a story will follow!'
The Duchess of Kent and General Frank Hunter at a plaque presentation ceremony for the 4th Fighter Group. Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 25 Jun 1943.' [stamp] and '271390.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'DUCHESS OF KENT PRESENTS PLAQUES TO FORMER EAGLE SQUADRON PILOTS. HRH The Duchess of Kent visited a US Army Air Force Station and presented plaques bearing the Eagle Squadron Insignia to men who served in the Eagle Squadrons of the RAF prior to the entry of the USA into the war. Keystone Photo shows: The Duchess of Kent and Gen Frank Hunter of Savanna, Georgia, chatting together.'
29 September 1942 at Debden, change-over review of the three Eagle Squadrons carried out by Air Chief Marshal Sholto Douglas, RAF. He is followed by Major General Carl Spaatz (right) and Brigadier General Frank O'Driscoll Hunter (left) - Commanding Generals of USAAF in Great Britain and 8th Air Force Fighter Command.
Page 13 of the Duxford Diary.
Many of the 8th Air Force Groups produced an unofficial unit history in the months after the war ended in Europe but before they were redeployed out of the ETO (‘European Theater of Operations’). The Duxford Diary was the book created by and for the service personnel who were based at Duxford at the end of the war in Europe, as a memento of their time at the airfield.
Resembling a college yearbook, unit histories were an unofficial – and often tongue-in-cheek – record of the unit’s time in the UK. They include photo montages showing different aspects of base life. Often the servicemen in the photos are unnamed. The American Air Museum hopes that by adding unit histories to the website as individual pages, the men in the photos will be identified and associated to their person entries.
USAAF Brigadier General Frank O'Driscoll Hunter, (left) commanding Eighth Air Force Fighter Command, and Air Chief Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory, then head of RAF Fighter Command, take the salute as the three Eagle Squadrons are transferred from the RAF to the USAAF on September 29, 1942.
"Brig General Frank O D Hunter poses for the photographer at 8th AF station 167 in England. Gen Hunter flew with the 381st Bomb Group on its first mission over enemy territory on 22-Jun-43."
"The recipients of decorations which were conferred on behalf of King George VI by the Earl of Halifax, British ambassador to the United States during and official presentation ceremony at the British embassy 26-Sep-44."
Rear L-R: Lt Roy E Whittaker, Col Kenneth B Hobson, Col Stewart W Towle Jr, Col Archibald R Mackechnie, Capt Olan R Fleming, Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, T/Sgt William T Kent, M/Sgt Theodore S Millard, Capt Carroll A Taylor, 1Lt Ronald E Notestine.
Front L-R: Maj Gen Frank O Hunter, Maj Gen Uzal Girard Ent, Brig Gen Haywood S Hansell, Mrs Eleanor F Graves [Wife to Brig Gen Davis D Graves KIA], Brig Gen Newton Longfellow, Mr N C Olsen (father of Capt Roy W Olsen KIA), Maj Charles B Fairlamb, Maj Ulysses Sam Nero, Maj Lyman Middleditch.
"The King And Queen of England inspect the new P-47 during a tour of inspection of an American Fighter Station in England. Accompanying the King and Queen are (L-R) Colonel Arman Peterson, Flagstaff, Arizona And Brig. Gen. Frank O'D Hunter, Commanding General 8th Air Force fighter command, Duxford England May-43."
Formerly command pilot. WW I Ace. Hunter AFB named for him. CG VIIIFC 14 May 1942 to 29 August 1943. Retired 31 March 1946.
4 DSCs WW I
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VIII Fighter Command was established as VIII Interceptor Command at Selfridge Field on 2 February 1942.
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