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Handwritten caption on reverse: '3 FG, 12 AF.'

It is more likely the aircraft was assigned to the 3rd Photo Reconnaissance Group, since there was no "3 FG (Fighter Group)." It is difficult to tell the full aircraft serial, but the presence of the 'last three' (194) on the vertical fin is additional evidence that it is likely a recon unit, since this was a highly common ID method; none of the 12th AF fighter units claimed similar markings.

IWM catalogue record

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

Ground personnel of the 3rd Fighter Group, 12th Air Force inspect a P-38 Lightning that has crash landed in a ditch. Handwritten caption on reverse: '3 FG, 12 AF.'



  • 3rd Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    3rd Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    The 3rd Photographic Group were stationed only briefly in Britain and flew no missions from either Membury or Steeple Morden. They were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and undertook photographic reconnaissance in support of operations in the...


Date Contributor Update
05 April 2017 08:13:20 Lucy May Changes to unit associations

Added connection to 3rd Photo Recon Group as consequence of Gerry Asher's examination of the photo.

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2017 21:47:23 Gerry Asher Changes to caption

Detailed examination of the photograph.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 09:59:59 AAM AAM ingest

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