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Second Lieutenant Jack L. Gard seated in cockpit of P-38 Lightning, and First Lieutenant Paul J. Saba, with map, at Kings Cliffe air base, October 1943. Both men belong to the 20th Fighter Group. 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:- In the cockpit 2nd. Lt. Jack L. Gard, Kelseyville, California; 1st Lt. Paul J. Saba, Long Beach, California. U.S. Pool/SG/H. Keystone 49a.'



  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    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...


  • Jack Gard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine
    Wingman 77th FS 20th FG Aug 1943 - Dec 1943 1 ME-109 destroyed air 6:35 combat hours. Shot down by Me109 and captured Dec. 1, 1943 while flying P-38H s/n 42-66723. Held at Stalag Luft I Barth, Germany. MACR #1425 1 FW190


  • Kings Cliffe

    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...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:06 AAM AAM ingest

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