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Page 97 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.

Connections

Units

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    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 ...

People

  • Robert Bosworth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 78FS, 82FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 1 x kill and 5 x destroyed (ground). Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Manford Croy

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Manford Croy attended the Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Nebraska and later the University of Washington, graduating in 1941. He enlisted in February 1943 and trained as a Pilot. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 78th Fighter Group / 82nd Fighter...

  • 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...

  • Donald Hart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot

  • Foy Higginbottom

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Bud Higginbottom served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group. Air Medal with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters.

  • Julius Maxwell

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine
    78th FG 84 FS Captain Julius P Maxwell, of Selma Alabama arrived at Duxford in April 1943, after the 78th FG had flown only three missions. ...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2015 15:25:13 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2015 17:50:01 Lucy May Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place associations
Sources

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.

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