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Airmen of the 4th Fighter Group ride in the back of a Dodge weapons carrier (WC51 or WC52) at Debden air base. P-47 41-6233 is in the background of the shot.

Passed by the U.S. Army on 2 October 1943, THUNDERBOLT MISSION. Associated Press photo shows:- Pilots at a U.S. Eighth Air Force station in England are taken by truck from the Dispersal room to their waiting P-47's (Thunderbolts) at the start of a sortie over enemy territory. L-R: Lt. Burt Wyman, Englewood, N.J. ; Lt. Leighton Read, Hillsboro, W.V.; F/O Glen Fiedler, Frederickburg, Tex. AKP/LFS 261022 . 41043bi.' [ caption].' Passed for publication ....1943'. [stamp].

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Airmen of the 4th Fighter Group ride in the back of a jeep at Debden air base. A P-47 Thunderbolt is in the background of the shot. Passed by the U.S. Army on 2 October 1943,



  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...


  • Clemens Fiedler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. A/C P-51B 43-7190 struck by flak while strafing Romarantin Airdrome in France. Determining he could not make it back, he called on the R/T informing his escorts of his intention to bail out. Twice he rolled the...

  • Leighton Read

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (2OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Burt Wyman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Wyman was killed in action on 29-Jan-44 when his P-47 42-75119 was shot down by enemy fighters. ...


  • 41-6233

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF. 9-43. Forced Landing Engine Failure Cat 4 damage, pilot Clemens A Fiedler, Debden/Sta 356. 2-9-43. ROS, Assigned 551FTS, 495FTG, 8th AF. 9-44, Mid Air Collision with Thunderbolt 42-74640 Cat 5, pilot 2nd Lt John D...


  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...


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