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

First Lieutenant Thomas F. Hetherington of the 20th Fighter Group explains a manoeuvre to First Lieutenant Richard T. Stovall 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:- L to R: 1st Lt. Thomas F. Hetherington, San Antonio, Texas and 1/Lt. Richard T. Stovall, Galene, Ill. U.S. Pool/SG/H. Keystone 38.'



  • 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...


  • Thomas Hetherington

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    18 November 1943 accident in P38#42-67055 at Croydon in landing on wet grass. Returned to service.

  • Richard Stovall

    Military | First Lieutenant
    Flt Commander AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster


  • 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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