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Lieutenant Robert Rankin of the 56th Fighter Group with his P-47 Thunderbolt, 12 May 1944. Passed for publication 15 May 1944. Printed caption on reverse: 'He Shot Down 5 Nazis In 45 Minutes. Associated Press Photo Shows:- Lt. Robert Rankin, all smiles, climbs from the cockpit of his Thunderbolt May 12 on his return from a 45-minute air fight north of Frankfurt during which he equalled the feat of Lt. Carl J. Luksic by shooting down five enemy planes - Me109s. Rankin hails from Washington, D.C. WOR 267714. 15-5-44-Y.' On reverse: Associated Press, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].



  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...


  • Robert Rankin

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Most memorable--5 Me-109s destroyed on 12 May, 1944, one was on Zemke's tail. DSC/ DFC 3Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM (4)/ BS/ LM/ AAFCM 10 kills/5 in one day


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02 February 2015 09:59:56 AAM AAM ingest

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