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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.



  • 9th Air Force
  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 355th Fighter Squadron


  • Clayton Gross

    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

  • Gilbert Talbot

    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


Date Contributor Update
16 November 2016 18:13:44 WD-C Mustang Changes to person associations

Associated Clayton Gross using caption

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2015 12:40:30 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations