IWM catalogue record
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A painting depicting Colonel Hubert Zemke, Lietuenant Francis Gabreski, Captain Robert "Bob" Johson and Captain Walker M. Mahurin, fighter aces of the 56th Fighter Group. Zemke has handwritten on the reverse: 'Army Air Corps oil painting of Spring 1944 by Maj. Charles Baskerville. Lt.Col. David C. Schilling's portrait was also to be placed in the painting but was absent at the time of sittings, home in the Zone(?) of Interior on Rest and Recuperation. Baskerville could never catch up with Schilling in the following years.'
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...
Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot
Francis S Gabreski (born Franciszek Gabryszewski) was the son of Polish immigrants to the US. He enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps in July 1940, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Reserve in March 1941 and was posted to...
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,...
Military | Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer; Assistant Director Intelligence
Schilling flew P-47 Thunderbolts and was one of the leading aces of the war. He was Commanding Officer of the 56th Fighter Group between August 1944 and January 1945, taking over from Colonel Hubert A Zemke.
Military | Colonel | Fighter Group Commander; Pilot
17 air victories with 56th FG flying P-47s, 2 1/2 with 479th FG flying P-51s. Lost 30 October 1944 when P-51 broke up in storm. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft I. Was appointed as head of American Prisoner of War (POW)s while in camp. Retired from...