This site is dedicated to all those who flew and served in the US 8th Army Air Force Fighter Command during World War 2. It is a consolidation of details gathered over many years including the various reference works published on the subject and is presented as a research tool to 8th Air Force historians. There are still many blanks to be filled in as well as errors in the listings. If you can add to the information contained here, please E-mail me the details, preferably quoting reference source, to be included in future updates of the site.
DUE TO BE PUBLISHED LATER IN 2013!
Nigel Julian of the 56th FG site and I have teamed up to take advantage of the outstanding artwork of Zbigniew Kolacha, to illustrate with photographs and profiles, recent new discoveries of previously unidentified 56th FG aircraft. Due to be covered in three volumes, this first one will hopefully be available in a few months.
For the rare opportunity of listening to the pilot describe the action captured in Ronnie Olsthoorn's latest rendering, go to the News Page and click on the photo.
For all the IL-2 players, I am pleased to be able to present an animated clip by Henry Yip that was shown at the 355th FG reunion in Philadelphia. Pilot of OS-S Bob Garlich is quoted as saying that he wished he could fly as good as that when he was in the real thing! Click HERE for the download. (38,550KB so please be patient!)
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All of the photos on this site are freely sent in by donors for the enjoyment of the world in general. I have no objection at all if people want to download these images for their own enjoyment, reference or research. I do however object strongly to their use as mere commercial items for earning money by people who have no right to their use. Many of these images were donated by the veterans themselves or their immediate families and it grieves to me to think that the memory of the men depicted and commemorated here is being tarnished by personal greed.
Due to the way that the ISP's on-line database works, the normal process of updating does not filter new entries into their proper place, in either the unit inventories or the galleries. From previous postings concerning updates, I have had to answer many queries, concerning what visitors though to be missing entries. I have therefore decided not to make any more update announcements save the occasional one or two concerning major changes. The first of these concerns the 56th FG gallery where you will notice that there are now 555 illustrations sorted into squadron and then a/c code order. The Scouting Force has received similar treatment. Next in line is the 339th FG gallery. As I will still be unable to insert any new illustrations into their correct sequence, I will add an addendum at the end of each gallery. Other recent changes are the removal of the links page, due to so many other sites disappearing, and its replacement by a glossary. My next step is to remove the News Page and replace it with ad hoc items. I am open to suggestions for the replacement of the news page.