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

Engineers of the 354th Fighter Group fit a Packard Merlin engine into a P-51 Mustang. Printed caption on reverse: 'PNA, OWIL 21145 AIRMADA OF LIBERATION Mechanics tear down and tune up motors and parts of one of the fast P-51 Mustang fighters on the Ninth US Air Force in England. The fighting Ninth is pounding enemy-held railway centers, airfields, shipping and military objectives on the Continent in preparation for spearheading the liberation of Nazi-held Europe. KX, Serviced by London OWI to list B.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Changing packard Merlin Engine in a Boxted Factory, men of 354 FG 9th Air Force.'



  • 9th Air Force
  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...


  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 12:44:00 Emily Changes to caption and place associations

FRE 433

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:21:56 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection