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Colonel B S Kelsey, Colonel JK Gerhart, Major J O Zahn, Major CS Hough and Colonel N Stone of the 1st Fighter Group. Image stamped on reverse: 'Daily Sketch.' [stamp], 'Not to be published 30 Jun 1942.' [stamp]. Printed caption on reverse: 'FIRST FIGHTER GROUP USA FLYING THE LOCKHEED P-38 LIGHTING. American Fighter-bombers are arriving in this country in ever increasing numbers for America's Air War on Germany. The P-38 Lightning is a double-fuselage fighter-bomber, the wtwo bodies give plenty of carrying space for two heavy bombs, and ammunition for the five cannon guns mounted in the nose. The Pursuit 38 is as fast and as manoeuvreable as a Spitefire. Here are some of the pilots flying the 'P-38 Lightning' - names left to right: Col.B.S.Kelsey of Connecticut, Col.J.K.Gerhart of Chicago, Maj.J.O.Zahn of California, Maj.C.S.Hough of Michigan, Col.J.N.Stone of California (Station Commander).'



  • 1st Fighter Group

    1st Fighter Group

    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...


  • John Gerhart

    Military | Colonel | Wing Commander/Group Commander/Pilot
    Retired from the USAF in 1965 as a 4-star General ...

  • Cass Hough

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Deputy Commander
    Col Hough helped extend the range of fighter aircraft over the continent. He was responsible for the technical superiority of the 8th AAF. He helped to develop the auxilliary drop tanks to add to fighter aircraft which enabled them to go to the target...

  • Benjamin Kelsey

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot/Test Pilot/Staff Officer
    New York Times Obituary ...


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