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Major Jesse C. Davis of the 78th Fighter Group, with a local young girl on his knee, at Duxford air base. 1943-1945.



  • 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 ...


  • Jesse Davis

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Jesse Davis lived in Beloit, Wisconsin, he joined the Army Air Corps in 1940, arriving at Duxford in April 1943. By June 1943 he was commander of the 83rd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group. He flew 88 missions in P-47 Thunderbolts and was awarded...


  • 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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