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Air Force Day 1945 at Wattisham, home of the 479th Fighter Group and thousands of curious English civilians got their first close up of the P-51 Mustang. Captain Clarence Haynes sits astride the cowling of Lt. Robert I Bromschwig’s 44-15381 L2-T “Kraut Knocker”. Note that the tape has been removed from the flare chute opening. Names of crew in panel are: Cpl. Neil Dornbos, crew chief and Pfc. Henry W Briggs, armorer.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

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  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Date Contributor Update
08 May 2017 14:46:59 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2017 14:31:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations