IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
At Debden, Lt. Donald R. Emerson of the 4th Fighter Group holds the rabbit's foot talisman, which he wears on a chain around his neck. Passed for publication 11 April 1944. Printed caption attached to print: 'D.R. Emerson (N. Dakota) flys with a rabbit's foot talisman, a gift from a New York girl friend.'
Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...
Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
Born 17 May 1923, Donald was raised on a farm in Minnesota during the Great Depression. He graduated from high school in 1941, not having excelled to any degree academically. He did not feel destined to be a farmer, so he soon moved to Chicago to find...
Military site : airfield
RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...