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Chesley Peterson, of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, with his Supermarine Spitfire, 30 March 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '30-3-43.' Printed caption removed from reverse. On reverse: Sport & General, US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau and US Army Press Censor ETO [Stamps].

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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Chesley Peterson, of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, with his P-47 Thunderbolt, 30 March 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '30-3-43.' Printed caption removed from reverse. On reverse: Sport & General, US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau and US Army Press Censor ETO [Stamps].

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Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

People

  • Chesley Peterson

    Military | Major General | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander
    Whilst serving with No. 71 Eagle Squadron, he was promoted to Flt Lt - the first American in the Eagle Squadrons to be promoted above the enlisted rank of Pilot Officer. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2015 18:32:05 Gerry Asher Changes to caption
Sources

Canopy is a Spitfire - "XR" squadron identifier denotes RAF 71 Squadron, which later became the nucleus of the AAF's 334th Fighter Squadron.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 09:59:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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