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P-51 Mustangs of the 359th Fighter Group, 20th Fighter Group, 353rd Fighter Group and 357th Fighter Group with a P-38 Lightning at Debden. Taken by Edward Richie Written on slide casing: 'CV:Q at Debden.'

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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

P-51 Mustangs of the 359th Fighter Group, 20th Fighter Group, 353rd Fighter Group and 357th Fighter Group with a P-38 Lightning at Debden. Image via Ed Richie. Written on slide casing: 'CV:Q at Debden.'

Connections

Units

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

People

  • Edward Richie

    Military | Warrant Officer | Shop Superintendent (Aviation)
    Edward Richie took many of the colour photographs of the 4th Fighter Group that are in the American Air Museum's Roger Freeman Collection.

Aircraft

Locations

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2014 16:45:56 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

Added information to the caption as received by Ed Richie's son Mark Richie, VP, Association of the 4th Fighter group WWII http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:29:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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