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Captain Howard M. Posson (Back row, third from the left) with the crew of "Fightin Cock", Serial Number 41-31765, Coded ER-X, 322nd BG, 450th BS, mostly likely taken at Bury St. Edmonds, England or Great Salig, Essex [Renamed Andrew Fied] circa early August 1943.

In a letter Howard Posson wrote to his brother John, he said the following....

“I've got a new ship now and after a lot of sweating, cussing, and even thinking, we named it the Fightin' Cock. One of the fellows painted a chicken on the side and now we're all set. It's not a very good or original name, but it's hard to think of a good name for a plane. Remember how much trouble Freddie and I had trying to pick a name for the canoe and then never did find a good one. It's the same way with a plane only I've had five of them now and am about out of names. If you can think of one, send it to me together with an idea of a picture to go with it and I'll use it on my next plane. How bout some help brudder John?”

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Howard Posson

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Howard M. Posson hailed from Fresno California. He was one of four children. Howard served with the 322nd Bomb Group/450th Bomb Squadron, 8th/9th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations. He received ground school training at the San Antonio...

Aircraft

Locations

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2021 02:43:41 PossonNephew Changes to unit associations
Sources

Posson family records/photos, Los Angeles Times and Fresno Bee newspaper articles

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2021 00:15:56 PossonNephew Changes to caption
Sources

Posson family photos

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2021 00:13:17 PossonNephew Changes to caption, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Posson family photos

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 23:57:06 PossonNephew Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Photograph was enclosed in a letter that Howard M. Posson wrote to his younger brother John L. Posson. The letter was written on August 6, 1943. The photo did not have a caption or further description.

Further information "clues" were provided via an aircraft database maintained by aviation artist Mark Styling, See www.markstyling.com

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