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First Lieutenant Earl L. Stier of the 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, surveys the damage to his aircraft at Duxford air base. Half the rudder was shot away when he was hit by flak on the recent mission. 1945.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron


  • Earl Stier

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    78th FG, 84th FS: On 3rd February 1945 Lt Stier, from West Bend, Wisconsin, was involved in supporting a mission to Berlin and then went down to strafe Luneburg airfield. After shooting up two enemy aircraft he flew his crippled and almost tail-less...



  • 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...


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23 October 2017 21:04:42 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and aircraft associations

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