"This Republic P-47 Thunderbolt taxies along the snow-covered strip after returning from a mission over Germany. A crew chief on the wing of the plane assists the pilot by directing him along the narrow taxi strip. First Tactical Air force pilots have maintained an excellent record in winter flying. From 13 Dec 44 to 15 Jan 45, they had been out every day, despite winter conditions shown here. FRANCE."
- Major Sam Hitchcock C/O 366th FS 358th FG P-47D IA+X.
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...