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Men of the 78th Fighter Group sit gathered around a jeep. Behind them on the hardstanding at Duxford air base is a P-51D Mustang (WZ-I, serial no. 44-72218). This aircraft, bearing the nose art 'Big Beautiful Doll', was flown by Colonel John D Landers, Officer Commanding 78th Fighter Group, 8th USAAF. 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 ...


  • John Landers

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer
    Cmdr Officer of 78th FG, flew 90 missions in the Pacific Theater; served also with the 55th FG and 357th FG/ Had over 1039 hrs in flying time and 174 total missions. ...


  • 44-72218 Big Beautiful Doll

    P-51 Mustang
    Big Beautiful Doll was credited with at least two of the five in air kills that Landers gained in Europe. It was also his most famous plane and remained so until it was decommissioned


  • 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
08 September 2014 15:23:20 AAM AAM ingest

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