Official USAAF photo 56362 AC - Original caption :
“1st Lt. Manford O. Croy Jr., of Seattle, Washington, tells Major Harry L. Downing of Lincoln, Nebraska, operations officer of U.S. 8th AF 82nd Fighter Squadron, how he and his flight of North American P-51 Mustangs destroyed 10 locomotives and other transport hauling reinforcements and supplies to the German armies. Lt. Croy’s flight was part of the force of 800 Republic P-47’s and North American P-51’s that escorted more than 1,400 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses and Consolidated B-24 Liberators of the 8th AF that attacked targets in Central Germany on 22 Feb 1945.”
NOTE : Harry Downing is on the right in this photo, Major Croy on the left.
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 ...
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...
Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
[ NOTE : Major Harry L. Downing is often mistaken for Captain Harry L Downing Jr - O-437990 who was a pilot in the 373rd Fighter Group/411th Fighter Squadron - shot down on 17 June 1944 in P-47 # 42-26323 which crashed near Brix, 9km West of Valognes,...
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...