IWM catalogue record
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Pilots of the 56th Fighter Group discuss route for a prospective sweep at Horsham St. Faith air base. Passed for publication 20 May 1943. Intelligence Officer David W. Robinson, in shirt sleeves, stands behind the group. Printed caption attached to print: 'A Match for the Nazi - F.W. 190 - the "Thunderbolt" New American High-Altitude Fighter. The latest Amerian single-seater fighter, the Republic P.47, known as the "Thunderbolt" has been in operation from British bases for some time. The largest and heaviest single-seater fighter - around 40,000 ft - the "Thunderbolt"'s top speed rated in excess of 400 m.p.h., at altitude, is derived from a Pratt and Whitney Radial engine of 2,000 h.p. fitted with Turbo-Supercharger. The armament consists of eight and a half in. calibre magine guns, these give a total rate of fire of 6,400 rounds a minute. In a series of operations they have shot down several of the German crack Fw 190s. Photograph shows - Crew discussing prospective sweep at dispersal point. FOX MAY 1943.
Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...
Military site : airfield
Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...