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Pilots walk past a P-47D serial 42-76381 "The Chief" (coded B2-S) assigned to the commander of the 366th FG. Image stamped on reverse: 'Passed for publication 15 Aug 1944.' [stamp] and '350067.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: '9th AAF IN FRANCE: pilots on their way to the planes to start off on a mission. Most pilots keep their chutes and Mae Wests in planes. Scherschel LIFE.'

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Pilots of the 48th Fighter Group walk past a P-47 Thunderbolt nicknamed "The Chief" before a mission. Image stamped on reverse: 'Passed for publication 15 Aug 1944.' [stamp] and '350067.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: '9th AAF IN FRANCE: pilots on their way to the planes to start off on a mission. Most pilots keep their chutes and Mae Wests in planes. Scherschel LIFE.'

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  • 48th Fighter Group

    48th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in March 1944 and were stationed at Ibsley where the pilots trained in P-47s in preparation for the Allied invasion of Normandy. The wartime motto was in Latin 'vulneratus non victus' (Unconquered even though wounded). ...

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Date Contributor Update
19 February 2016 22:41:14 Gerry Asher Changes to caption
Sources

THE WAR WE FOUGHT, The 366th Fighter Group 1943-46 by L.D. "Bob" Yingling

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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