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P-47 Thunderbolt pilot Lieutenant Frank W. Klibbe of the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group. Printed caption attached to print: "Good Hunting" for Thunderbolt squadron. There was "good hunting" over northwest Germany Friday for one Eighth Air Force P-47 Thunderbolt squadron. Flying escort for the U.S. heavy bombers, the group's kill totaled twenty-six German fighter planes down. Associated Press photo shows: F/O F.W. Klibbe shows how he downed his first enemy plane after his first flight on a combat mission. Rookie Klibbe is from Anderson, Indiana.



  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • Frank Klibbe

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. On 27-Jan-44, while on a test flight, P-47D 42-75694 crashed due to engine failure. RTD. ETD Awards: LOM, DFC (2OLC), AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:23 AAM AAM ingest

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