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Page 130 of the Duxford Diary.
Many of the 8th Air Force Groups produced an unofficial unit history in the months after the war ended in Europe but before they were redeployed out of the ETO (‘European Theater of Operations’). The Duxford Diary was the book created by and for the service personnel who were based at Duxford at the end of the war in Europe, as a memento of their time at the airfield.

Resembling a college yearbook, unit histories were an unofficial – and often tongue-in-cheek – record of the unit’s time in the UK. They include photo montages showing different aspects of base life. Often the servicemen in the photos are unnamed. The American Air Museum hopes that by adding unit histories to the website as individual pages, the men in the photos will be identified and associated to their person entries.



  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...


  • Arthur Granger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Rennes in P-47D #42-8622 after being attacked by FW 190s. AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Clifford Hahn

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Crashed into channel on 24 Jan 1944 in P-47D #42-7923. Killed in Action (KIA) DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • John Hamilton

    Military | PS
    KIS. Plane crashed at Duxford airfield.

  • George Hartman

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Nantes in P-47D #42-8538. Shot down by FW 190s. 10/24/1944 landing in P-47D #42-74654. He had to be dug out of a defense trench but was uninjured.

  • John Hartman

    Military | Sergeant | Squadron armorer
    Killed on duty. See story on page 137 of Fry's book on the 78th FG

  • Philip Hazelett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. 193 Hrs combat, 57 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) escort Hannover Strafing Wunstrof A/D in P-47 42-26064 hit by AA fire crashed Gildehaus 28-May-44 . Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5028. ...

  • Roy Higgins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed at Boblingen in P-51 #4472178

  • Benjamin Hodges

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Killed in Action 20 June 1944 in AC 42-26446 near Montdidier. PH

  • William Hunt

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Killed in Action on 10 June 1944 in AC 42-26031. DFC w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Alan Jacobson

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Crashed near Oeschelbronn in P-47 #44-19932, Killed in Action (KIA).

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  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Date Contributor Update
05 August 2015 11:53:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations

Associated page with the appropriate entries of people/places/aircraft etc.

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2015 18:02:55 Lucy May Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place associations

These scans were made from a copy of the Duxford Diary in IWM’s Collections. This is one of the copies printed in September 1945 by the Duxford Diary Staff and Committee for the American units stationed at the airfield.