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Major Walker M Mahurin of the 56th Fighter Group and Major Walter Beckham of the 353rd Fighter Group with a P-47 Thunderbolt at Boxted. Colonel Hubert Zemke (56th Fighter Group) has handwritten on the reverse: 'Left Major Walker Bud Mahurin, CO 63rd Ftr Sq, 56th Frt Group, England Mar 1944, Right Captain Walter Beckham, 353rd Ftr Gp. This picture was taken at Boxted when both were vying for top ace of the 8th Air Force. This same week both were invited as guests with Queen Elizabeth- at Buckingham palace, London. Both are still living as Colonels (retired) Mahurin in [illegible], Beckham in [illegible].'



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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,...


  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:22 AAM AAM ingest

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