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Personnel of the 358th Fighter Group with a captured Nazi flag. The men from left to right are Major Bell (no first name given), First Sergeant Conn (no first name given), Colonel James B. Tipton (Commanding Officer ) and Master Sergeant Lester A Ross.
The Nazi flag was later given to the 45th Infantry Division.

IWM catalogue record

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

Personnel of the 358th Fighter Group with a captured Nazi flag.



  • 358th Fighter Group

    358th Fighter Group

    The 358th Fighter Group flew seventeen missions with the Eighth Air Force from Leiston air base. At the beginning of February 1944 the Group were transferred to the Ninth Air Force in exchange for the 357th Fighter Group. With the Ninth, the Group went...


  • Lester Ross

    Military | Master Sergeant | Armament Chief
    Master Sergeant Lester A Ross served with the 366th Fighter Squadron of the 358th Fighter Group as an Armament Chief on P-47's.

  • James Tipton

    Military | Major General | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander
    """James B. Tipton was born in Senath, Mo., in 1915. He graduated from Blytheville High School in 1933 and from the University of Alabama in 1938 with a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. ...


Date Contributor Update
30 May 2017 16:22:49 Lucy May Changes to caption and person associations

Information provided by Lester Ross' son, Barry, who has a copy of the 358th FG's unit history:
"The information is taken form a book published by the 358th Fighter Group and Ancillary Units, December 1945. The editors were Lt Bruce G Ellison and staff."

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2015 13:49:08 Lucy May Changes to caption

Added caption details after correspondence with Barry Ross, Lester's son.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:33:07 AAM AAM ingest

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