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An F-5 Lightning of the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group take off from the snowy runway at Mount Farm. (original caption) This photo was actually taken at Attlebridge in February 1944. A detachment of 22nd PRG F-5C's were based there for three weeks. They flew approximately 15 sorties during that time. This is F-4C-1-LO #42-67114 "Maxine" buzzing Attlebridge. This was Lt. Malcolm Hughes a/c. The 466th BG had just arrived and were still preparing for their combat missions which would start on 21 March 1944. (Chris Brassfield - 466th BG Historian)

IWM catalogue record

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

An F-5 Lightning of the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group take off from the snowy runway at Mount Farm.



  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...


  • Malcolm Hughes

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    On mission to France on 18-Aug-43 while flying F-5A 42-13099 on a photo recce mission to France, the aircraft sustained a mechancial failure of a trim tab control rod and F/O Hughes baled out of the aircraft near Kent, UK and was not injured, the...



  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...


Date Contributor Update
15 December 2014 22:32:39 466thHistorian Changes to caption, person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:28:10 AAM AAM ingest

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