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A P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 42-8442) formerly of the 56th Fighter Group, used as a hack plane and formation monitor by the 91st Bomb Group at Bassingbourn, Image by William D "Bill" Pulliam, 91st Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: 'P-47 Bassingbourn, 1943?'



  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...



  • 42-8442

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. W/W Hack for 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Formation monitor for the 91st Bomb Group at Bassingbourn.


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:35:35 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection