IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
Two P-47 Thunderbolts of the 356th Fighter Group take to the air. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Two P-47's just after take-off, landing gear folding up. Covered all over with invasion stripes, carrying a 165 gal belly tank and a 500 pound bomb under each wing.'
The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...