LTC Robert L. Baseler (CO of the 325th FG) with Francis Langford and Bob Hope.
The aircraft is Baseler's P-40F-20-CU #41-20006 "Mortimer Snerd/Stud" #88
P-38G-10-LO #42-13465 King "B"
1sth Fighter Group - 71st FS - 12th AF
Shot down 30 August 1943 in Tyrrhenian Sea
P-38F-1-LO #41-7555 "Dear John"
1st Fighter Group - 27th Fighter Squadron - 12th AF
Mateur Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Tunisia, located approximately 4 km north-northwest of Mateur, 52 km northwest of Tunis. It was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force during the Tunisian Campaign. It was a temporary airfield, built by the US Army Corps of Engineers, not designed for long term or heavy bomber use.
Known units assigned to the field were:
1st Fighter Group, 29 June - 31 October 1943, P-38 Lightning
325th Fighter Group, 19 June - 4 November 1943, P-40 Warhawk
When the fighter units moved to Sicily and Italy in the beginning of November, the airfield was dismantled and abandoned. Today, some sort of military structure is visible on the old main runway, which is fenced and restricted from public access.
English Heritage's record description
Not yet known
The 1st Fighter Group were initially deployed to Britain in the summer of 1942 as part of Operation Bolero. After shuttling through a number of different bases in the UK, the Group was reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force in September 1942 and supported...
Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot - Group Commander | 325th Fighter Group
Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 1st Fighter Group
Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 27FS, 1FG, 12AF USAAF. Credited 3 x kills.
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine/squadron commander | 355th Fighter Group
Lt Col USAF retired AAC-AAF-USAF 1937- 1958
ETO Jan 1943 - Dec 1943 (4th FG & 355th FG)
MTO Dec 1943 - July 1944
CO 317th FS 325th FG
6 air kills (all ME-109s) while flying P-47D s/n 42-76021 #10 "Rocky"
Military | Major | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 1st Fighter Group
Flight leader 94th FS 1st FG
3 ME-109s confirmed, 2 probable, 2 damaged
1 ship destroyed
Post war 123rd FIS OR ANG
Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 1st Fighter Group
Flight leader 94th FS April 1944 - Jan 1945
5 air kills
P-38J s/n 43-28773 #67 "Martha J" Sgt Everett Jacobson-crew chief
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine/deputy group commander | 325th Fighter Group
Lt Col USAF retired 1940-1965
Wingman 18th PG SWP P-36 & P-40 1941-42
Flight leader 317th FS P-40 & P-47 1943 - 1944
CO 318th FS P-51 1944
Deputy Commander 325th FG 1944 - 45
3 air kills (1 x ME-109 + 2 x FW-190) 147 combat missions