"1st Lt. Francis G Tuscher (left) of Auburndale, MA., ordnance and transportation officer of a 9th Air force unit in France, supervises the operation of a hoist he made of captured German material to aid in the speedy loading of bombs on Republic P-47 Thunderbolts of the 9th. With him are Sgt George F Chase [centre] of NY City and S/Sgt Walter E Holm of Idaho Falls, ID."
- P-47D coded 2N-F 81FS, 50FG, 9AF USAAF.
Before the build-up to D-Day, the group were based in the United States as part of the Fighter School Command and the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics. In spring 1944 though, like so many other fighter and bomb groups, the 50th Fighter Group...