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Page 84 of the Duxford Diary.
Many of the 8th Air Force Groups produced an unofficial unit history in the months after the war ended in Europe but before they were redeployed out of the ETO (‘European Theater of Operations’). The Duxford Diary was the book created by and for the service personnel who were based at Duxford at the end of the war in Europe, as a memento of their time at the airfield.

Resembling a college yearbook, unit histories were an unofficial – and often tongue-in-cheek – record of the unit’s time in the UK. They include photo montages showing different aspects of base life. Often the servicemen in the photos are unnamed. The American Air Museum hopes that by adding unit histories to the website as individual pages, the men in the photos will be identified and associated to their person entries.



  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...


  • Quince Brown

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Schleiden in P-47 'Okie II' 44-19569 ...

  • Gillespie Bryan

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot / Group Operations Officer
    Assigned to HQ Sqn, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. End of War (EOW). Awards: DFC, AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, American Defense. Post war: Remained in USAF rising to Lt Colonel.

  • Anthony Colletti

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Credited 1 kill [Air], 5 x destroyed [Ground]. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Louis DeAnda

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, AM (13OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, OCC, American Defence and Campaign medals.

  • Donald DeVilliers

    Military | Captain | Pilot

  • Charles DeWitt

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Crashed on takeoff on a bomber escort mission on 22 Mar 1944 in P-47D 42-8530. RTD.

  • Gene Doss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Robert Green

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Robert Green like so many others joined up after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. He trained initially in Arizona soloing on the P-17 Stearman biplane; next to Florida, then Luke AFB to check out on the P-40 Warhawk. Finally Abilene Texas where he...

  • Neal Hepner

    Military | First Lieutenant
    Neal Hepner in 1943 was an Air Force Cadet at Augusta Georgia. He vividly remembers being told to be in control of his aircraft rather than have the aircraft dictate terms to him. Nonetheless on a training flight his control stick jammed after a half...

  • John Hockery

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Lengerich on 26 Nov 44 in P-47 #4419950

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  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Date Contributor Update
22 July 2015 13:11:18 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations

Associated page with the appropriate entries of people/places/aircraft etc.

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2015 17:43:49 Lucy May Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place associations

These scans were made from a copy of the Duxford Diary in IWM’s Collections. This is one of the copies printed in September 1945 by the Duxford Diary Staff and Committee for the American units stationed at the airfield.