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P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft of the 83rd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group at Duxford. The middle aircraft is 43-25528 HL-H 'Noamie Vee' while the nearest aircraft is probably 42-28518 HL-C "Green Hornet flown by Capt Robert T Green.

IWM catalogue record

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

P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft of the 78th Fighter Group at Duxford. Handwritten on slide casing:"3-12"



  • 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 ...


  • Robert Green

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Robert Green like so many others joined up after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. He trained initially in Arizona soloing on the P-17 Stearman biplane; next to Florida, then Luke AFB to check out on the P-40 Warhawk. Finally Abilene Texas where he...

  • Peter Klaassen

    Military | First Lieutenant
    On 17th April 1945 1st Lt Peter W Klaassen witnessed the crash in Czechoslovakia of 1st Lt. A.A. Rosenblum. Rosenblum was M.I.A. but returned to his squadron at the end of the war. ...

  • Franklin Pursell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    (See the book 'Eagles of Duxford' pages 65 & 70 for references to Lt Purcell) He was assigned on 4/29/44.


  • 43-25528 Noamie Vee

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Initially assigned to the 78th Fighter Group, Lt. Peter W Klaassen made a belly landing at Duxford on 5th September 1944. Upon repair, this aircraft was reassigned to the 36th Fighter Group 23 Fighter Squardron and was lost on the 19th March 1945.

  • 42-25552

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 393FS, 367FG, 9AF USAAF.


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
04 October 2016 19:07:16 Justyn Keeble Changes to caption and person associations

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04 October 2016 17:56:42 Justyn Keeble Changes to person associations

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04 October 2016 17:54:02 Justyn Keeble Changes to caption

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04 October 2016 17:40:53 Justyn Keeble Changes to caption, person associations and aircraft associations

Squadron identified via

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:39:40 AAM AAM ingest

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