IWM catalogue record
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Second Lieutenant Jack Martin, First Lieutenant Merle B. Nicholas, Second Lieutenant Thomas A. Hanzo and Second Lieutenant Marion F. Bench of the 20th Fighter Group ride bicycles past a P-38 Lightning at Kings Cliffe air base, October 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'Lightnings Attack Northern France. Versatile P-38 Lightnings, flashing their power across the English Channel for the first time in a combat role, bring new serial phase into the European Theatre of Operations. Well-trained pilots - some of them already experienced in the other theatres of war - and ground crews swear by their ships. From briefing room to flying line, from runways to skyways and contest with the enemy, each mission represents expert planning by Operations and Intelligence and the brains and sweat of every man who prepares an order or tightens a screw on a prop. Photo shows:- 2nd Lt. Jack Martin, Whittier, California, 1st. Lt. Merle B. Nicholas, Seattle, Wash., 2/Lt. Thomas A. Hanzo, Cleveland, Ohio, and 2/Lt. Marion F. Bench, Chillicothe, Mo. U.S. Pool/SG/H. Keystone 422 97.'
In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill(He111). Failed to Return (FTR) starfing mission to Brussells. Hit by 20mm shell while strafing railroads and crashed near Wemeldinge, Holland in P-38J 42-68094 25-May-44. Killed in Action (KIA).
Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
Shot down by fighters on a bomber escort mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR and crashed near Montcornt,FR on 11 Feb 1944 in P-38J #42-67981. Prisoner of War (POW).
AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, PH
Military | Corporal | Airplane Armorer-Gunner
Military site : airfield
Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...