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"Big Wheels" Line Chiefs of the 82nd Fighter Squadron. Sgt.s Deyoe, Tajha, Asure, Shepard, Kovacevich



  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • Kenneth Asure

    Military | Technical Sergeant

  • Donald Deyoe

    Military | Technical Sergeant

  • John Kovacevich

    Military | Technical Sergeant

  • Raymond Shepard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief / Line Chief
    Ray Shepard served as a Private, Corporal and Sergeant with the 49th Pursuit Squadron, 14th Pursuit Group at Hamilton Field, March Army Air Base and North Island San Diego before this group was redesignated as the 78th Fighter Group. With the 78th he...

  • Osmo Tahja

    Military | Master Sergeant | Line chief
    Osmo Tahja served as a line chief with the 82nd Fighter Squadron of the 78th Fighter Group, based at Duxford, England. As of 16 May 1945, he was working under Captain Garabrant and the two flight chiefs T/Sgt Rex and T/Sgt Kovacevich.


  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


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20 May 2020 09:49:05 clsspace Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Personal collection of Curtis Shepard