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Major Walker M Mahurin of the 56th Fighter Group and Major Walter Beckham of the 353rd Fighter Group examine an aerial gunnery training device. 1944. Colonel Hubert Zemke (56th Fighter Group) has handwritten on the reverse: 'March 1944. Majors Walker M. Mahurin (left), 56th Fighter Group, and Walter Beckham, 353rd Fighter Group - at the time they were running neck and neck for the top ranking ETO scoring, 21 vs 20 ea shot down. "Looking at a device used in aerial gunnery training".'



  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter 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...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    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...


  • Walter Beckham

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Walter C Beckham enlisted in April 1941. He flew his first missions over the Panama Canal and Ecuador from December 1941. He was assigned to the 353rd Fighter Group in mid 1943, and arrived in the UK in August 1943. Beckham became a successful P-47...

  • Walker Mahurin

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Walker Mahurin joined the 56th Fighter Group in July 1942 and arrived in the UK in January 1943. He was later promoted to Captain and Flight Leader of the 63rd Fighter Squadron. He claimed his first victories during the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission,...


Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:21 AAM AAM ingest

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