IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
P-47 Thunderbolts of the 48th Fighter Group line up for take off in Normandy. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 19 Jun 1944.' [stamp] an d'330049.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'P-47S GO INTO ACTION IN NORMANDY. Associated Press Photo shows: From one of the newest airstrips built in France to accomodate the heavy American Thunderbolts. P-47s Fighter Bombser refuelled and re-armed taxi to the starting line in clouds of dust for another trip in their hunt for Germans to be straffed.'
The Group moved to England in March 1944 and were stationed at Ibsley where the pilots trained in P-47s in preparation for the Allied invasion of Normandy. The wartime motto was in Latin 'vulneratus non victus' (Unconquered even though wounded).