Lt Col Marshall Cloke, (second from right) a squadron commander in the 354th fighter-bomber group, checks last minute details with his flight-leaders just before an attack against German supply and communications lines. The scene is a front line field. L- R Capt Clayton K Gross [Spokane, Wash], Major Gilbert Talbot [Clackamas, Oregon], Lt Col Cloke [ Alberquerque, N Mew] and Capt Lewis W Powers [Compton, CA]. France.
The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...
Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine
6 kill ace including 1 ME-262 P-51B s/n 43-12451 GQ+I "Live Bait" - "Peggy" P-51D s/n 44-63688 GQ+I "Live Bait" -"Peggy" crew chief SSgt C.E. "Smitty" Smith
Military | Major | Fighter Pilot-1055 Squadron Commander
Ops Officer 355th FS CO 355th FS Flew 2 combat tours 5 Air Kills Oregon Nat. Guard 249th Coastal Defense Artillery Post WWII Owner Operator Clackmas Feed & Seed Crew Chief SSgt Bob Kline
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Associated Clayton Gross using caption
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