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Littlefriends.co.uk DEDICATION This 56th Fighter Group gallery and its associated database is dedicated to the memory of the late Roger A Freeman, noted author and 8th AF historian. Roger always considered the 56th to be his “special” group, mainly due to the fact that he lived, quite literally, at the end of the Boxted runway! Shortly before his untimely demise, he mentioned to me that his ambition was to publish a complete list of all 56th FG P-47s together with their assigned pilots, personal markings and fate. What was holding him back though was his thought that only he and the odd “one or two” like me would be interested in such a thing. Little did he appreciate the true following that the 56th has amongst 8th AF historians! Whilst nowhere near complete, this part of the website is the start of such a project and hopefully other fans of the 8th AF will continue to add to it in the future. Rest in peace Roger, this is for you.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk February 1944 and the 56th FG set a new trend for 8th AF fighter units by painting the cowls with nose bands in squadron colours. These were red for 61st, yellow for 62nd and blue for 63rd. The three noses represented here are: 61st FS 42-75508 HV-B_ “Pistol Packin’ Mama” of Praeger Neyland; 62nd FS 42-75237 LM-S “Whack” of Dave Schilling and 63rd FS 42-75185 UN-X “Princess Pat” of Lt. Charles Reed. These colours only lasted until March 1944 when 8th Fighter Command decided on the system of coloured noses to represent the Group rather than the individual squadron, with the 56th then taking their distinctive red noses as their Group Identification.

Artwork by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Introduction of the P-47M brought about a flamboyant change in unit paint schemes. The three squadrons all chose different schemes for their new mounts and these were applied to the top surfaces only. Undersides were left in bare metal, as were (usually) the wing and tailplane leading edges and canopy frames. 61st FS - red rudders, serials and letters with white outlines to the code letters. Topsides matt black. It is said that this finish took on a deep purplish/plum coloured tinge in sunlight but Lt. Russ Kyler disputes this. . 62nd FS - yellow rudders, codes and serial #s. Topside markings dark green and a lightish grey, possibly Sea Grey or Ocean Grey in various patterns, field applied so that no two were the same 63rd FS - topsides 2-tone blue, similar to Azure Blue and Dark Mediterranean Blue. Rudders and serials sky blue, code letters silver with (usually) thin black outlines. Note that some P-47Ms had fin fillets and wing pylons ex-factory; the early ones were retrospectively field-fitted.

Artwork by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Line up of pilots of 61st Fighter Squadron. Appears to be taken about July- August 1944 from the full D-Day stripes on the P-47's wings. See enlargement for names.

Photo: Glenda Carelas
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Littlefriends.co.uk P-47Ds of 61st Fighter Squadron. 42-22744 HV-I "El Shaf-Toe"; 43-25555 HV-U_; 42-75508 HV-S "Pistol Packin' Mama" on cowl "The Cotton Chopper" under cockpit.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Late model P-47Ds of 61st Fighter Squadron. Lead flight is led by the replacement HV-A 44-19739 following Lt. Col. Gabreski’s loss and is probably flown by the new squadron C.O. Major Gordon E Baker. Maj. Les Smith’s HV-Z_ “Silver Lady” is in the number two slot and the second element is led by HV-M, most likely Maj. Mike Gladych’s “Pengie IV” with HV-G in the number four slot. Second four are from nearest the camera - back, HV-Z; HV-H; HV-P and HV-N. Final four are, in the same order, HV-L; HV-R; HV-C and HV-J.

Photo: Anna Wong
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Milton Anderson, Rexburg, ID. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6237 HV-A “The Idaho Spud”.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Milton Anderson, Rexburg, ID. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6237 HV-A “The Idaho Spud”.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Francis S. "Gabby" Gabreski. Oil City, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Francis S. "Gabby" Gabreski. Oil City, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Francis S. "Gabby" Gabreski. Oil City, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75510 HV-A.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Francis S. "Gabby" Gabreski. Oil City, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75510 HV-A.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Francis S. "Gabby" Gabreski. Oil City, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26418 HV-A. Gabby became a POW on 20 July 1944 whilst flying this a/c. He is seen here in the cockpit with crew chief S/Sgt. Ralph Safford and assistant crew chief Cpl. Felix Schacki.

Photo: Lt. Russ Kyler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Francis S. "Gabby" Gabreski. Oil City, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26418 HV-A.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Aggers, Hubbard, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75154 HV-A_ “Sad Sam”.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Aggers, Hubbard, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75154 HV-A_ “Sad Sam”. This P-47 went on to serve with the 5th ERS as 5F-I.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Aggers, Hubbard, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75154 HV-A_ “Sad Sam”.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Aggers, Hubbard, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75154 HV-A_ “Sad Sam”.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Hiram O Bevins, 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6232 HV-B "Bunkin". Lt. Bevins was flying this a/c on 3 September 1943 when he was hit by a FW190 and bellied-in near Paris to become a PoW. This poor quality photo shows German personnel inspecting the wreckage. The artwork of Superman hitting Hitler can be made out just forward of the windscreen.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Hiram O Bevins, 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6232 HV-B "Bunkin". Detail view of artwork situated on fuselage.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward J Kruer, 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74620 HV-B.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph H Bennett, Morton, TX, 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8396 HV-B “Lucky”. Lucky is seen here in a not so lucky condition, but much later in its service life. Now classified as “war weary”, this landing accident happened on 2 February 1945 with F/O William H Carrington of the 62nd FS at the controls.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Praeger Neyland, Kennedy, TX. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75508.HV-B_ “Pistol Packin’ Mama”. This well known photo was taken on 14 January 1944 and depicts battle damage picked up on the mission escorting bombers attacking V1 launch sites in the Pas de Calais area. Although Capt. Neyland flew the a/c on this mission, it appears that it was reassigned very soon after as it became HV-S (q.v.) of Capt. Eugene E Barnum.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Praeger Neyland, Kennedy, TX. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75508.HV-B_ “Pistol Packin’ Mama”. View of nose art to allow comparison with the red-nose version as HV-S.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joel I Popplewell, Liberty, KY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75565.HV-C. Pilot in shot is Capt. Norman E Brooks.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joel I Popplewell, Liberty, KY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75565.HV-C. Artwork of “Slugger” in place in this shot but lettering still to be added.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. James R Carter, Palouse, WA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21129.HV-C.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Paul A Conger, Piedmont, CA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75435 HV-C_ “Hollywood High Hatter”.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Paul A Conger, Piedmont, CA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75435 HV-C_ “Hollywood High Hatter”. This a/c went on to serve with the 406th FG where it was lost on 2 January 1945.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Paul A Conger, Piedmont, CA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75435 HV-C_ “Hollywood High Hatter”. Detail shot of the artwork.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Gerald W "Gerry" Johnson. Owenton, KY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7877 HV-D "In the Mood/Jackson County Michigan Fighter".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Gerald W "Gerry" Johnson. Owenton, KY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7877 HV-D "In the Mood/Jackson County Michigan Fighter". Johnson seen with crew: S/Sgt. William Bowling & S/Sgt. Glenn Morgan.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Gerald W "Jerry" Johnson. Owenton, KY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7877 HV-D "In the Mood/Jackson County Michigan Fighter". The crew seen here in an obviously posed "publicity" shot are Sgt. George Baltimore by the drop tank; Cpl. Jack Kazanjac on the engine; Sgt. Howard Buckner by the cockpit, and Pvt. Albert Asplint on the wing..

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Gerald W "Jerry" Johnson. Owenton, KY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7877 HV-D "In the Mood/Jackson County Michigan Fighter". Nice colour view of the artwork.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Gerald W "Jerry" Johnson. Owenton, KY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7877 HV-D "In the Mood/Jackson County Michigan Fighter".

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Albert (NMI) Biales, Cleveland, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron P-47C 41-6265 HV-E “Francy Ann”. This a/c was lost on 30 July 1943 with Lt. Jack W Horton being killed in action.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Albert (NMI) Biales, Cleveland, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-8369 HV-E “Francy Ann II”.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Albert (NMI) Biales, Cleveland, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-8369 HV-E “Francy Ann II”. Seen here before the name was added to the starboard fuselage.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Francis S. "Gabby" Gabreski. Oil City, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. 61st Fighter squadron P-47D 42-8458 HV-F. Gabby used this P-47 with the HV-F code until he moved to HV-A as squadron commander. This photo shows the a/c after it was reassigned to Lt. Evan D McMinn.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Paul A Conger, Piedmont, CA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6401 HV-G "Dream Baby".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Paul A Conger, Piedmont, CA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6401 HV-G "Dream Baby".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Paul A Conger, Piedmont, CA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6401 HV-G "Dream Baby".

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Paul A Conger, Piedmont, CA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6401 HV-G "Dream Baby". Detail of lettering.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert J "Shorty" Rankin, Washingon, DC. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74622 HV-H "Wicked Wacker Weegie". The name was derived from "Wicked Wacker" being the power of the P-47 and "Weegie" Capt. Rankin's nickname for his wife Louise.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert J "Shorty" Rankin, Washington, DC. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74622 HV-H "Wicked Wacker Weegie". From the huge grin on his face and the five fingers giving the time honoured signal, it seems that this photo was taken immediately following the mission of 12 May 1944 when the then Lt. Rankin destroyed 5 Me109s air-air, North-West of Marburg.

Photo: Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert J "Shorty" Rankin, Washington, DC. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74622 HV-H "Wicked Wacker Weegie".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Warren S "Pat" Patterson Jr. Jarrettown, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25579 HV-H "Widget". Capt. Patterson was one of the ex-bomber pilots who volunteered for a tour in fighters having previously completed his 30 Missions with the 93rd Bomb Group at Station 104 Hardwick.

Photo: Glenda Carelas (his eldest daughter)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Warren S "Pat" Patterson Jr. Jarrettown, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25579 HV-H "Widget".

Photo: Glenda Carelas
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Warren S "Pat" Patterson Jr. Jarrettown, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25579 HV-H "Widget". Damage to port stabiliser possibly the result of a mid-air collision suffered by Capt. Patterson over France on 7 August 1944

Photo: Glenda Carelas
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. James R Carter, Palouse, WA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28834 HV-H. Photo shows result of take-off accident at Boxted on 18 December 1944. Pilot at the time was Lt. Jack D Hedke.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gordon J Blake, Wyoming, NY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22744 HV-I “El Shaf-Toe”. Capt Blake became a POW on 18 November 1944 in P-47D 42-28623 HV-N.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gordon J Blake, Wyoming, NY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22744 HV-I “El Shaf-Toe”.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gordon J Blake, Wyoming, NY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22744 HV-I “El Shaf-Toe”. Close up of nose art.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. James R Carter, Palouse, WA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7960 HV-J.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Carl E Hayes, Binghamton, NY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7860 HV-J “Chow Hound”.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Carl E Hayes, Binghamton, NY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7860 HV-J “Chow Hound”. Lt. Hayes had a reputation for always being first into the mess hall!

Photo: Sherry Hayes
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Carl E Hayes, Binghamton, NY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7860 HV-J “Chow Hound”. Although the name was never applied to the a/c., Lt Hayes had the artwork design prepared by the unit artist.

Photo: Sherry Hayes
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Russell S Kyler. Huntingdon, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21116 HV-J "Lorene". Seen here posing for the traditional "publicity" shot in front of Lt. Joel I Popplewell's 42-75565 HV-C "Slugger". Lt. Kyler named his a/c in honour of his wife Lorene.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Russell S Kyler. Huntingdon, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21116 HV-J "Lorene" in perhaps the most attractive of all P-47 paint jobs - black top surfaces with red serial # and rudder, red codes outlined white and NMF canopy frame, tail leading edges and undersurfaces.

Photo: Lt. Russ Kyler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Russell S Kyler. Huntingdon, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21116 HV-J "Lorene" Lt. Kyler seen here being strapped in by his crew chief S/Sgt. Van C McGehee. Other crew members were Sgt. Paul Shipman a.c.c. and Sgt. Eugene J Fournier arm. The ten kill markings represent Lt. Kyler's two FW190 and one Me109 air-air kills plus seven ground kills.

Photo: Lt. Russ Kyler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Russell S Kyler. Huntingdon, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21116 HV-J "Lorene" Lt. Kyler and S/Sgt. McGehee check out the repair job on two 20mm cannon shell holes. The shells took out two cylinders of the Pratt and Whitney R-2800 whilst Lt. Kyler was straffing an airfield near Muritz Lake, Germany on 10 April 1945. It says much for the ruggednes of airframe and engine that the a/c made it back to Boxted. This cowling panel with the painting was removed from his earlier P-47D HV-V to be fitted onto this "M" model. The original photo of Lorene from which the noseart was worked is beneath the main photo on the link.

Photo: Lt. Russ Kyler
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Russell S Kyler. Huntingdon, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21116 HV-J "Lorene". Interesting Photo of Russ's P-47M with the accessory cowling removed for maintenance. Note also no dorsal fin fillet which has yet to be field-fitted and different paint demarcation line under tailplane.

Photo: Lt. Russ Kyler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Russell S Kyler. Huntingdon, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21116 HV-J "Lorene". Nice front 3/4 view. Note that NMF area under tailplane has now been painted black. Also, pylons removed from wings.

Photo: Lt. Russ Kyler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Russell S Kyler. Huntingdon, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21116 HV-J "Lorene"

Profile by Nick King
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Littlefriends.co.uk From L-R: Maj. Joseph H Perry, Lt. Frank W Klibbe and Lt. William R Aggers all of 61st Fighter squadron.

Photo: Ken Turpen
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Joseph H Perry, 61st Fighter squadron. P-47D 42-74752 HV-J_.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Joseph H Perry, Bridgeport, OH. 61st Fighter squadron. P-47D 42-74752 HV-J_.

Photo: Ken Turpen
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Joseph H Perry, Bridgeport, OH. 61st Fighter squadron. P-47D 42-74752 HV-J_.

Photo: Ken Turpen
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. James C Stewart, 61st Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-75218 HV-K.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 61st Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-28668 HV-K “Beautiful Bettie”. Assigned pilot currently unknown.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Robert A Lamb. Ridgewood, NJ. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6211 HV-L "Jackie" (L) artwork of Jack of Hearts (R).

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Robert A Lamb. Ridgewood, NJ. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6211 HV-L "Jackie" (L) Jack of Hearts artwork (R). This aircraft lost on 1 December 1943 with Lt. Cleve M Brown Jr. (POW).

Photo: Donovan Smith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Robert A Lamb. Ridgewood, NJ. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6211 HV-L "Jackie" (L) Jack of Hearts artwork (R). View of left side showing name.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Robert A Lamb. Ridgewood, NJ. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6211 HV-L "Jackie" (L) Jack of Hearts artwork (R). Detail of the Jack of Hearts artwork.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Evan D McMinn, Pittsburgh, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75053 HV-L_. Lt. McMinn was killed in action on 6 June 1944 having been hit by flak in 42-25963.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Loren G McCollom. Ritzville, WA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6332 HV-M "Butch".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Loren G McCollom. Ritzville, WA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6332 HV-M "Butch".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donavon F Smith, Niles, MI. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6319 HV-M "Hun Hunter".

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donavon F Smith "Dieppe, Don”. Niles, MI. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75410 HV-M/ “Ole Cock”. Enlargement shows same noseart after the red nose band has been added – note white outline to front part of bird.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Boleslaw M “Mike” Gladych. 61st Fighter Squadron. All of Maj. Gladych’s assigned P-47s were named “Pengie”, the last known one being his P-47M “Pengie V”.

Photo: Tomasz Szlagor
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Boleslaw M “Mike” Gladych. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26300 HV-V/ “Pengie III”.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Boleslaw M “Mike” Gladych. 61st Fighter Squadron. Mike is seen here topping-up at a drinking fountain that gives a whole new meaning to water injection

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Boleslaw M “Mike” Gladych. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75224 HV-O_ “Pengie II”. Mike's first "Pengie" was a Spitfire before he came to the 56th.This particular Pengie is his first P-47 and was named "Pengie II". The "II" has been covered over when the red cowl band was applied over the original white giving the remaining "Pengie" an off-balanced look. This P-47 went on to serve with the 495th FTG where it became DQ-O_.

Artwork: Courtesy of Tomasz Szlagor & Kagero Publishers
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Paul A Conger. Piedmont, CA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7880 HV-N "Redondo Beach, California". Modellers please note the mismatch of the stencil, where the transverse arm of the “N” meets the vertical.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Samuel D Hamilton, Tutwiler, MS. 61st Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-22456 HV-N "Liberty Belle".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Samuel D Hamilton, Tutwiler, MS. 61st Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-22456 HV-N "Liberty Belle". Photo shows the artwork partly completed. Note that the name “Liberty Belle” is only outlined in chalk at this stage.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John T Allen, Tulsa, OK. 61st Fighter Squadron P-47M 44-21195 HV-N "Dee".

Photo: Steve & Lana Allen
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John T Allen, Tulsa, OK. 61st Fighter Squadron P-47M 44-21195 HV-N "Dee".

Photo: Steve & Lana Allen
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John T Allen 61st Fighter Squadron P-47M 44-21195 HV-N "Dee". Dee seen here following a take-off accident at Boxted on 22 June 1945 due to mechanical failure. Pilot at the time was Lt. William G Bartle

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Justus D Foster. Harrodsburg, KY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6251 HV-O "Joker".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Justus D Foster. Harrodsburg, KY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6251 HV-O "Joker".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Justus D Foster. Harrodsburg, KY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6251 HV-O "Joker".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph H Bennett “Joe”. Morton, TX. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75269 HV-O.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Steven Gerick , Pittsburgh, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26024 HV-O “Tally Ho Chaps!”

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Steven Gerick , Pittsburgh, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26024 HV-O “Tally Ho Chaps!”.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert S Johnson. Lawton, OK. 61st & 62nd Fighter Squadrons. Passed away 27 December 1998 at his boyhood home in Tulsa OK. aged 78. a/c with 61st FS were: P-47C 41-6235 HV-P "Half Pint"; P-47D 42-8461 HV-P "Lucky" and P-47D 42-76234 HV-P "All Hell". 62nd a/c was P-47D 42-25512 LM-Q "Penrod and Sam".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert S Johnson. Lawton, OK. 61st & 62nd Fighter Squadrons. At last we are able to finalise the details of Bob's assigned a/c with the 61st. This is a photo of the page in his log book where Bob Johnson has written down his a/c serial number and nickname together with the victories that he scored in each of them. I am certainly not going to contest something that the great man himself has noted in his own handwriting. If the image is not clear for you, he gives: P-47C 41-6235 HV-P "Half Pint"; P-47D 42-8461 HV-P "Lucky" and P-47D 42-76234 HV-P "All Hell".

Photo: Mike Griffith (Robert S. Johnson's nephew)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert S Johnson. Lawton, OK. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6235 HV-P “Half Pint”

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert S Johnson. Lawton, OK. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6235 HV-P "Half Pint". Well known photo but worth looking at again as contrary to popular belief, this a/c was not written of but repaired and issued to the 9th AF's 36th FG where it was finally lost on 18 August 1944.

Photo: Donavon Smith Jr.
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert S Johnson. Lawton, OK. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6235 HV-P "Half Pint". Detail shot of damage to canopy area.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert S Johnson. Lawton, OK. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8461 HV-P "Lucky". Johnson seen here in front of his P-47 "Lucky" and flanked by Hub Zemke (L) and Bud Mahurin (R).

Photo: Donavon Smith Jr.
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert S Johnson. Lawton, OK. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8461 HV-P "Lucky".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert S Johnson. Lawton, OK. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8461 HV-P "Lucky".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert S Johnson. Lawton, OK. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8461 HV-P "Lucky".

Photo: Lt. Russ Kyler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Just to round things off for Bob Johnson’s time in the 61st Fighter Squadron, here's his final P-47 with the 61st 42-76234 HV-P "All Hell".

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert S Johnson. Lawton, OK. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76234 HV-P "All Hell". Detail of lettering on right cowl.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph H Powers Jr. Tulsa, OK. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75163 HV-P_ “Powers Girl”. Capt. Powers was later transferred to the 62nd Fighter Squadron.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph H Powers Jr. Tulsa, OK. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75163 HV-P_ “Powers Girl”.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph H Powers Jr. Tulsa, OK. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75163 HV-P_ “Powers Girl”. Shot of artwork appearing on the right cowling.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Reginald A Herin Jr., 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76458 HV-Q “Pat”. Flying wing is 42-28668 HV-K before the name “Beautiful Bettie” was applied – see above.

Photo:Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 61st Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-75231 HV-R_. The assigned pilot is currently unknown.

Photo:Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene E Barnum, Albion, NY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75508 HV-S “Pistol Packin’ Mama /The Cotton Chopper”.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene E Barnum, Albion, NY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75508 HV-S “Pistol Packin’ Mama /The Cotton Chopper”. This a/c was recoded from HV-B_ (q.v.) but it is uncertain if the assigned pilot was the same. Capt. Barnum was with the original cadre from the US and was killed in action on 2 December 1944 in 44-19739 HV-A due to a mid-air collision. Although the 56th FG red noses officially date from March 1944, the squadrons used their individual colours originally and it just so happened that the 61st FS colour was red. The photo could therefore date anytime from February 1944 onward.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene E Barnum, Albion, NY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75508 HV-S “Pistol Packin’ Mama /The Cotton Chopper”. This a/c was recoded from HV-B_ (q.v.) but it is uncertain if the assigned pilot was the same. What is certain is that the serial number is the same as the original, large version of the photo of the flight at the top of the page, shows the serial number of HV-S quite clearly.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene E Barnum, Albion, NY. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75508 HV-S “Pistol Packin’ Mama /The Cotton Chopper”. View of right side showing that the name, if not the artwork was carried on both sides of the a/c.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt Frank W Klibbe. Anderson, IN. 61st Fighter Squadron

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt Frank W Klibbe. Anderson, IN. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75658 HV-S "Little Chief - Anderson Indian"

Photo: Frank Klibbe
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt Frank W Klibbe. Anderson, IN. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75658 HV-S "Little Chief".

Photo: Frank Klibbe
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt Frank W Klibbe. Anderson, IN. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75658 HV-S "Little Chief - Anderson Indian".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donavon F Smith "Dieppe, Don" . Niles, MI. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28382 HV-S "Ole Cock III".

Photo: Dan Jones
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donavon F Smith "Dieppe, Don”. Niles, MI. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28382 HV-S "Ole Cock III"(starboard side unnamed).

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donavon F Smith "Dieppe, Don”. Niles, MI. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28382 HV-S "Ole Cock III". Seen here in the process of being treated with a “winter” style camouflage similar to that used by the Luftwaffe.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donavon F Smith "Dieppe, Don”. Niles, MI. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28382 HV-S "Ole Cock III". View of port side from tail area.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. James C “Jim” Stewart, Corona, CA. Headquarters Section. P-47D 42-75658 HV-S_. Stewart was transferred to 8th FC and the P-47 reassigned to Frank Klibbe.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. James C “Jim” Stewart, Corona, CA. Headquarters Section. P-47D 42-75393 HV-S_.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald D “Doc” Renwick. Marion, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6352 HV-T “Doc”.

Photo: .McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald D “Doc” Renwick, Marion, OH 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6352 HV-T “Doc”.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald D “Doc” Renwick, Marion, OH 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6352 HV-T “Doc”.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Arthur J Bux. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19770 HV-T.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt Arthur J Bux. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19770 HV-T.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles R Woock. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21212 HV-U "Lovely Loey".

Photo: Capt. Woock via Ray Woock
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25555 HV-U_. Assigned pilot currently unknown. Shadow on nose is from the photo-ship, and flying wing is Lt. Robert J Rankin’s 42-74662 HV-H “Wicked Wacker Weegie”.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Russell S Kyler. Huntingdon, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25585 HV-V "Lorene". Lt Kyler seen here taking off with his wingman in his first assigned P-47 a razorback model. This a/c was previously with the 63rd FS where it was UN-V_ “Pat” of Capt. Gordon S Stevens.

Photo: Lt. Russ Kyler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt Frank W Klibbe. Anderson, IN. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76179 HV-V "Little Chief". Lt. Klibbe seen here alongside the magnificent artwork. Note that the white line to the rear of the red noseband has not yet been applied.

Photo: Frank Klibbe
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt Frank W Klibbe. Anderson, IN. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76179 HV-V "Little Chief". The white cheat line has now been added to the cowl and rudder making this P-47 into arguably the best looking Jug in 8th Fighter Command.

Photo: Frank Klibbe
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert H Wetherbee. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6322 HV-W "Little Butch".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert H Wetherbee. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6322 HV-W "Little Butch".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert H Wetherbee. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6322 HV-W "Little Butch".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert J Keen. Jacksonville, FL. 61st Fighter Squadron. Seen (L) after being presented with the Distinguished Service Cross. Centre is Lt.Col. Stewart. Officer (R) at present unknown.

Photo: Patricia Keen
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert J Keen. Jacksonville, FL. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75509 HV-W "Ice Cold Kattie". Named for his wife Catherine (Kay).

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert J Keen. Jacksonville, FL. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75509 HV-W "Ice Cold Kattie". Named for his wife Catherine (Kay).

Photo: Patricia Keen
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert W Hoeflein. Cincinnati, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21187 HV-W "Li'l Snorkey".

Photo: Lt. Hoeflein's daughter Jenny Blue
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert W Hoeflein. Cincinnati, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21187 HV-W "Li'l Snorkey".

Photo: Lt. Hoeflein's daughter Jenny Blue
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert W Hoeflein. Cincinnati, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21187 HV-W "Li'l Snorkey". Artwork.

Photo: Lt. Hoeflein's daughter Jenny Blue
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard H Mudge Jr., Edwardsville, IL. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6### HV-X “Poison Dick”. Lt. Mudge became a PoW flying his replacement a/c P-47D 42-8691 HV-X on 15 April 1944 when he was hit by flak south of Eggebeck.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Joseph H Perry, Bridgeport, OH. 61st Fighter squadron. P-47M 44-21190 HV-X.

Photo: Ken Turpen
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 61st Fighter Squadron P-47M HV-X_ The serial number and pilot of this one is currently unknown.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Leslie C Smith, Caruthers, CA. 61st Fighter Squadron P-47C 41-6254 HV-Y “Bashful”. This a/c was transferred out and the accident depicted here was at Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland on 18 May 1944 with pilot Henry F Glass, 312 FrS, 27th FrG. The artwork of Bashful can still be seen on the right cowling.

Photo: David McKee
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Leslie C Smith, Caruthers, CA. 61st Fighter Squadron P-47C 41-6254 HV-Y “Bashful”. View of left cowling artwork.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Claud E Mussey, Bangor, ME. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6385 HV-Y

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Claud E Mussey, Bangor, ME. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6385 HV-Y. This a/c was eventually transferred to the 495th FTG).

Photo: Anthony Plowright
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert J Keen. Jacksonville, FL. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74724 HV-Y "Ice Cold Kattie". Named for his wife Catherine (Kay).

Photo: Patricia Keen
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert J Keen. Jacksonville, FL. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74724 HV-Y "Ice Cold Kattie". Seen much later on in its career, HV-Y, now classified as “war weary” and part of “Clobber College” is seen following a belly-landing at Boxted due to engine failure on 5 January 1945 with Lt. Alfred M Bolender (63rd FS) at the controls.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank E McCauley, Hicksville, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6271 HV-Z “Rat Racer”.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank E McCauley, Hicksville, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6271 HV-Z “Rat Racer”.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank E McCauley, Hicksville, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6271 HV-Z “Rat Racer”.This shot shows that this P47 was one of the Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs flight as “Happy” can be seen on the right side cowling.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank E McCauley, Hicksville, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6271 HV-Z “Rat Racer”. Close up of “Happy” displayed on right cowling.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank E McCauley Hicksville, OH. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6271 “Rat Racer”. Rat Racer is depicted here after being retired from front line service as war weary and serving as a monitoring plane with 490th Bomb Group at Eye, Suffolk.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Hubert A Zemke, Missoula, MT. Headquarters Unit. P-47D 42-75121 HV-Z

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-25864 HV-Z . Assigned pilot currently unknown following its reassignment and re-coding from Col. Gabreski’s HV-A.

Photo: Patricia Keen
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Leslie C Smith, Caruthers, CA. 61st Fighter Squadron, later 62nd FS and HQ unit. P-47D 42-26044 HV-Z_ “Silver Lady”.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Leslie C Smith, Caruthers, CA. 61st Fighter Squadron, later 62nd FS and HQ unit. P-47D 42-26044 HV-Z_ “Silver Lady”.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Leslie C Smith, Caruthers, CA. 61st Fighter Squadron, later 62nd FS and HQ unit. P-47D 42-26044 HV-Z_ “Silver Lady”.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Witold A. "Lanny" Lanowski. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21108 HV-Z_. Lanny seen here with his wife on what appears not to be his HV-Z as there is no horseshoe evident below the windscreen.

Photo: Witold Lanowski via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Witold A. "Lanny" Lanowski. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21108 HV-Z_. Another shot of Lanny with his wife and giving modellers a good view of the NMF to the leading edge and underside of the wing.

Photo: Witold Lanowski via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Witold A. "Lanny" Lanowski. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21108 (1st of production run) HV-Z_. No nickname on this a/c but personal "Polish" insignia on the cowling and a horseshoe fixed under the windscreen.

Photo: Lt. Russ Kyler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Witold A. "Lanny" Lanowski. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21108 HV-Z_. Detail of personal insignia.

Artwork: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John A Patton. Jenkintown, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41- HV-# "Sleepy". Patton seen with crew: (L) Sgt. Jessie W Frost acc. (R) S/Sgt. Clifford C Friedley cc. Information on serial and aircraft letter wanted.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John A Patton. Jenkintown, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-#### HV-# "Sleepy". Close up of sleepy showing that the artwork was displayed on both sides of the cowling on this machine.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William D Grosvenor Jr., Colfax, IA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75216 HV- "Charming Ellen". Lost 30 November 1943 due to a/c damaged whilst strafing train. Bailed out near Mariekerke, Belgium and evaded for six months until captured by Gestapo. Escaped and returned to unit September 1944. Lt. Grosvenor is the subject of the documentary “ The Last Best Hope”recounting his evasion and the Belgian Resistance movement .(See www.alpheusmedia.com/lastbesthope/)

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Cleve M Brown Jr. Houston, TX. 61st Fighter Squadron. Became a POW on 1 December 1943 in Maj. Lamb's aircraft ~ P-47C 41-6211 HV-L "Jackie".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Benjamin E Cathers, Phoenix, AZ. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26468 HV-#. Further information needed to identify the code letter on his P-47. P-47 used for backdrop is the well known "Silver Lady".

Photo: Anna Wong
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Benjamin E Cathers, Phoenix, AZ. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26468 HV-#. Capt. Cathers is seen in the middle here with what is almost certainly his crew chief and assistant crew chief. All of them typically and frustratingly positioned to block out crucial information such as the code letter - at present still unknown.

Photo: Anna Wong
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edmund E Ellis, 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21### HV-# “Blue Eyes”. Further information needed on this P-47.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Herbert R Holtmeier, Riegelsville, PA. 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76532 HV-T “Careless Love”. If you can drag your eyes away from the artwork, just note the work that has gone into decorating the wheel hubs!

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John E “Jack” Jones, Skokie, IL. 61st Fighter Squadron. Lt. Jones served with the 61st FS from January 1945 and flew 9 missions before VE Day. He volunteered to stay on after the end of hostilities and served with the 56th FG photo lab and it is thanks to him that we have some decent quality photos to improve the gallery.

Photo: Lt. Jones via Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward A Sisson Jr. 61st Fighter Squadron. Lt. Sisson served with the 61st FS from February – August 1944. No further details known.

Photo: Patricia Keen
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 61st Fighter Squadron P-47C 41-6### HV-# “Grumpy”. No further details known.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 61st Fighter Squadron P-47C 41-6### HV-# “Snow White”. No further details known.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 62nd Fighter Squadron. One from a well known series of photographs of this flight put up by the 62nd but this one taken from a very nice angle. Those in shot are: P-47C 41-6193 LM-B "Ginger" of Lt. Robert B Taylor; P-47C 41-6347 LM-O "Li'l Abner" of Capt. Eugene W O'Neil; P-47D 42-7866 LM-G "Greek" of Lt. Harry Coronios; P-47D 42-7870 LM-R "Pappy" of Maj. Horace C Craig; P-47C 41-6224 LM-X “Two Roll Charlie” of Lt. Conway Saux and P-47D 42-7979 LM-C of Lt. Byron L Morrill.

Photo: David O Garcia
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Yes, that well known flight was filmed in colour as well! Here is a still showing the same flight of six seen above but now in echelon formation, led by “Pappy” Craig.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 62nd Fighter Squadron line up. Photograph obviously taken prior to 11 November 1943. See enlargement for details.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John P “Pope” Bryant, Glendale, CA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6234 LM-A “Thumbs Up Doc” (L) Sugar Baby (R). Lt. Bryant seen here with the artwork in process of being completed. See following photos for the complete “Bugs” artwork.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John P “Pope” Bryant, Glendale, CA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6234 LM-A “Thumbs Up Doc” (L) Sugar Baby (R). This a/c suffered a taxi accident on 8 September 1943 and was transferred to 495th FTG on repair.

Photo: Michael Bates
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John P “Pope” Bryant, Glendale, CA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6234 LM-A “Thumbs Up Doc” (L) Sugar Baby (R). Close-up of the cowling artwork especially for the renderers and decal manufacturers.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John P “Pope” Bryant, Glendale, CA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6234 LM-A “Thumbs Up Doc” (L) Sugar Baby (R). And here it is in colour so that accuracy is assured!.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John P “Pope” Bryant, Glendale, CA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6234 LM-A “Thumbs Up Doc” (L) Sugar Baby (R). Illustration of right cowling just to round things off.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John P “Pope” Bryant, Glendale, CA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75178 LM-A “Pope”.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John P “Pope” Bryant, Glendale, CA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75178 LM-A “Pope”.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28688 LM-A. Pilot currently unknown but this a/c was lost on 18 December 1944 with Lt. Wilburn A Haggard becoming a PoW.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19960 LM-A. Pilot currently unknown.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Albert A Knafelz, Horseheads, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26298 LM-A_ “Stalag Luft III – I Wanted Wings / Button Nose”.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Albert A Knafelz, Horseheads, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26298 LM-A_ “Stalag Luft III – I Wanted Wings / Button Nose”.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Darrell E McMahan. Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26298 LM-A_. Aircraft reassigned following Lt. Knafelz completing tour.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lewis R "Swede" Brown, Salem, OR. 62nd Fighter Squadron. Lt. Brown became a POW on 23 December 1944 in Lt. Butler's P-47D 44-20615 LM-B "West O' The Rockies" but his assigned a/c (if any) is currently unknown. He is photographed here with Capt. Mark L Moseley's 42-25522 LM-H "Sylvia".

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Byron L Morrill. Burbank, CA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. Seen here with “Spirit of Bellflower, California” a presentation aircraft from his home State, the serial and code of which is currently unknown. Lt. Morrill’s known assigned a/c was P-47D 42-7979 LM-C which was lost on 26 November 1943 with Lt. Morrill becoming a PoW. As Lt. Morrill was in the original cadre from the US, it is possible that the presentation a/c was a P-47C which preceded his D model.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Byron L Morrill. Burbank, CA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7979 LM-C “Annie M”.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Fred J "Chris" Christensen Jr. Watertown, Mass. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75207 LM-C "Boche Buster" / "Rozzie Geth".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Fred J "Chris" Christensen Jr. Watertown, Mass. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75207 LM-C "Boche Buster" / "Rozzie Geth". Photo showing detail of nose art.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Fred J "Chris" Christensen Jr. Watertown, Mass. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75207 LM-C "Boche Buster" / "Rozzie Geth".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Fred J "Chris" Christensen Jr. Watertown, Mass. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26628 LM-C "Miss Fire" / "Rozzie Geth II".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Fred J "Chris" Christensen Jr. Watertown, Mass. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26628 LM-C "Miss Fire" / "Rozzie Geth II". Detail of artwork.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Fred J "Chris" Christensen Jr. Watertown, Mass. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26628 LM-C "Miss Fire" / "Rozzie Geth II". Fred seen here posing for the publicity shot taken after downing six in one encounter, a feat equalled in the ETO only by George Preddy.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Townsend S Parsons, Richmond, VA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28806 LM-C “Barbara Bee” but this photo obviously not with his assigned a/c which was a “bubble-top”.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Townsend S Parsons, Richmond, VA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28806 LM-C “Barbara Bee”.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Walter J Sharbo, 62nd Fighter Squadron, P-47M 44-21237 LM-C_ “Marion”. Lt. Sharbo states that this a/c was also named "North Dakota Kid" on the right cowling.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ray Dauphin. Fountain, AL. 62nd Fighter Squadron. Ray had three known a/c with the 56th FG, all coded LM-D and named respectively "Saucy Shirley" I, II and III.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ray Dauphine. Fountain, AL. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8614 LM-D "Saucy Shirley II".

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ray Dauphin. Fountain, AL. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8614 LM-D "Saucy Shirley II". It is certainly Capt. Dauphin in the cockpit but there is no record of any 56th FG P-47 named “Patti”. It is possible that this is an addition to “Saucy Shirley II” or the original “Saucy Shirley” P-47C 41-6342.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ray Dauphin. Fountain, AL. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75160 LM-D "Saucy Shirley III".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ray Dauphin. Fountain, AL. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75160 LM-D "Saucy Shirley III".

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Thaddeus M Buszko, New York, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75125 LM-E_ "Hawkeye".

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Thaddeus M Buszko, New York, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75125 LM-E_ "Hawkeye". Right side view of Capt. Buszko’s P-47.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Thaddeus M Buszko, New York, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-##### LM-E_ "Flack Sack” / “Mal”. Details of the serial number for this a/c needed.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Thaddeus M Buszko, New York, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-##### LM-E_ "Flack Sack” / “Mal”. Details of the serial number for this a/c needed. Capt. Buszko is pictured here with his crew chief S/Sgt. Arthur H Erickson.

Photo: John Campbell
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Thaddeus M Buszko, New York, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-##### LM-E_ "Flack Sack” / “Mal”. Not of the best quality but illustrating the “Flack Sack / Mal” combination.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Stanley B “Fats” Morrill, Willimantic, CT. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6387 LM-F "Fats - Btfsplk” (Joe Btfsplk from Dogpatch cartoon strip) (L) Debt Collector (R).

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Stanley B “Fats” Morrill, Willimantic, CT. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6387 LM-F "Fats - Btfsplk (L) Debt Collector (R). View of right side showing “Debt Collector” location.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Stanley B “Fats” Morrill, Willimantic, CT. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6387 LM-F "Fats - Btfsplk (L) Debt Collector (R). Detail of Joe Btfsplk artwork

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Stanley B “Fats” Morrill, Willimantic, CT. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6387 LM-F "Fats - Btfsplk (L) Debt Collector (R). Detail of Debt Collector artwork. Another one for the decal manufacturers!

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Billy G Edens, Tyronza, AR. 62nd Fighter Squadron. Lt. Edens had two assigned P-47Ds 42-75093 and 42-76363 both coded LM-F. The first of these was lost on 27 August 1944 with Lt. Thomas J Price being killed in action.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Billy G Edens, Tyronza, AR, 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76363 LM-F. Belly landed at RAF Manston [Bluefrock] on 3rd September 1944 due to battle damage.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry Coronios, Lowell, MA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7866 LM-G "Greek”.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry Coronios, Lowell, MA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7866 LM-G "Greek”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry Coronios, Lowell, MA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7866 LM-G "Greek”.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry Coronios, Lowell, MA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7866 LM-G "Greek”. Detail view of noseart.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Arlington W Canizares, Wayne, PA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74660 LM-G. This a/c was previously Maj. Schreiber’s LM-T and it was subsequently transferred to the 406th FG, 9th AF where it was lost on 5 July 1944.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William P Gordon, Tallahassee, FL. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75599 LM-G_ "Maximum Goose / Barbara Ann II”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William P Gordon, Tallahassee, FL. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75599 LM-G_ "Maximum Goose / Barbara Ann II”. Detail view of artwork.

Photo: Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert B Taylor. Ontario, CA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6### LM-H "Taylor Maid". Serial number needed for this P-47C.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert B Taylor. Ontario, CA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6### LM-H "Taylor Maid". Colour detail of artwork.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert B Taylor. Ontario, CA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22527 LM-H "Taylor Maid II".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles R Harrison Jr. New Orleans, LA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75388 LM-H. Capt. Harrison was killed in action on 15 April 1944 in this a/c, having been hit by a FW190 west of Hamburg.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Mark L “Mose” Moseley, Atlanta, GA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-25522 LM-H “Sylvia” it is not known if the “Old Man Mose” artwork was continued on to this a/c.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Donald Henley Jr. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21233 LM-H_.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph W Icard, Granite Falls, NC. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75040 LM-I "Carolina Sunshine". Lt. Icard was killed in action flying this P-47 on 8 March 1944.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert C Cherry, Snohomish, WA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75074 LM-I “Eradicator”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75207 LM-I. This a/c was previously Fred Christensen’s LM-C “Rozzie Geth / Boche Buster”. Assigned pilot currently unknown.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26986 LM-I “Li’l Miss Wolf”. Assigned pilot and details of this mishap currently unknown.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Ralph A Johnson. Pikeville, KY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6239 LM-J "Kentucky Pud".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Ralph A Johnson. Pikeville, KY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6239 LM-J "Kentucky Pud". Well known photo of P-47C line up but worthy of inclusion as it shows positioning of "Pud" on the right side cowling (see profile below).

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Ralph A Johnson. Pikeville, KY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6239 LM-J "Kentucky Pud".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Ralph A Johnson. Pikeville, KY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6239 LM-J "Kentucky Pud". Newly discovered photo showing that “Pud” later had artwork applied to the cowling, in this case showing the character “Mammy Yokum” from the Li’l Abner/Dogpatch strip cartoon.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Ralph A Johnson. Pikeville, KY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6239 LM-J "Kentucky Pud".

Photo: Maj. Ralph Johnson
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Ralph A Johnson. Pikeville, KY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22481 LM-J "Kentucky Pud II". Photo showing Maj. Johnson’s final tally of three destroyed.

Photo: Maj. Ralph Johnson
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Michael J “Mike” Jackson, Plainfield, NJ. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19780 LM-J “Teddy”. Identity of his earlier P-47D, possibly seen in this photo, is currently unknown.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Michael J “Mike” Jackson, Plainfield, NJ. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19780 LM-J “Teddy” showing Donald Duck artwork on this a/c..

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Michael J “Mike” Jackson, Plainfield, NJ. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21117 LM-J “Teddy”. Although this a/c is said to have had the Donald Duck insignia applied as per his late “D” model shown above, photographic evidence of such has not been found.

Photo: Nathan Howland
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert C Cherry, Snohomish, WA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75282 LM-J_ “Eradicator”. This a/c was lost on 22 June 1944 with Capt. Charles E Tucker being killed in an accident that happened in the landing pattern. This particular photo was taken on 26 March 1944 after it had been ground-looped.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Michael B Quirk, Washington, DC. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6215 LM-K.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Michael B Quirk, 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6215 LM-K.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Michael B Quirk, Washington, DC. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75242 LM-K.

Photo: Joseph Sassone 303rd Bomb Group
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Michael B Quirk, Washington, DC. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75242 LM-K. Note differences in details of the Donald Duck artwork from the earlier P-47C rendition.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Michael B Quirk, Washington, DC. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75242 LM-K. View of right side of a/c confirming that noseart was on left side only.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Michael B Quirk, Washington, DC. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75242 LM-K.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Michael B Quirk, Washington, DC. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75242 LM-K.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21228 LM-K. Assigned pilot currently unknown. Photo shows result of taxi accident at Boxted on 2 May 1945 with Lt. Robert B Jones Jr., at the controls.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wilbur N Kelley, Tulsa, OK. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75037 LM-K_ "Onny’s Angel"; Lt. Kelley was killed in action flying this a/c on 24 February 1944.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wilbur N Kelley, Tulsa, OK. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75037 LM-K_ "Onny’s Angel". Detail of noseart.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Wiley H Merrill Jr., Greenville, TX. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-25295 LM-K_.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George G Goldstein. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6242 LM-L “You Know What / Irma”. Lt. Goldstein became a PoW on 5 December 1943 due to mechanical failure whilst flying this a/c.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George G Goldstein. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6242 LM-L “You Know What / Irma”.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George G Goldstein. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6242 LM-L “You Know What / Irma”. Photo taken before the lettering was applied.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James E Fields, Princeton, IN. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75213 LM-L. This a/c was lost on 27 March 1944 with Lt. Fields managing to evade capture.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Felix D "Willie" Williamson. Cordele, GA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22541 LM-M "Willie". From the cut-short gun barrel of the artwork in this photo it seems that the cowling could well have been removed from an earlier assigned a/c yet to be identified.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Felix D "Willie" Williamson. Cordele, GA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22541 LM-M "Willie". Detail of noseart.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dayton C Sheridan, Knoxville, TN. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75276 LM-M_ “Nigger Haid”.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dayton C Sheridan, Knoxville, TN. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75276 LM-M_ “Nigger Haid”. This a/c was eventually converted into a two-seater named “Category E” and coded UN-Q with the 63rd FS.

Photo: Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dayton C Sheridan, Knoxville, TN. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75276 LM-M_ “Nigger Haid”.

Photo: Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dayton C Sheridan, Knoxville, TN. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75276 LM-M_ “Nigger Haid”. Photo shows a good example of the hurried way that invasion markings were applied without the finesse of the regular paint shop workers.

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Littlefriends.co.uk 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74664 LM-N. Assigned pilot for this one currently unknown but it ended up with the 5th ERS as 5F-U

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Francis A Nolan, 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-29335 LM-N. Photo shows result of take-off accident at Boxted on December 1944 with Lt. Kenneth L Smith. Having survived this, Lt Smith was later killed in a flying accident on 4 February 1945 whilst bailing out of 42-28878 LM-S_.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene W O'Neill. Long Island, NY and crew. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6347 LM-O "Li'l Abner". Aircraft also had "Torchy" below the cockpit and "Jessie O" plus a four leaf clover on the starboard side.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene W O'Neill. Long Island, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6347 LM-O "Li'l Abner".

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene W O'Neill. Long Island, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6347 LM-O "Li'l Abner". Nice in-flight shot of the 1st Li’l Abner design.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene W O'Neill. Long Island, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6347 LM-O "Li'l Abner". Representation of original Li'l Abner artwork prior to it being re-worked as seen in the photo below. The first rendition shown here was applied over the name “Miss Jessie”.

Artwork: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene W O'Neill. Long Island, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6347 LM-O "Li'l Abner". Note decoration to bathtub type drop tank.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene W O'Neill. Long Island, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6347 LM-O "Li'l Abner". Better view of the drop tank for the modellers!

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene W O'Neill. Long Island, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6347 LM-O "Li'l Abner". Photo shows later change of Li'l Abner cartoon on same aircraft. This a/c certainly gave great value for the tax-dollars spent on its purchase. Following service with the 56th, it went on to serve with the 495th FTG and ended up post VE-Day with the 55th FG to provide transitional training for deployment to the Far East - see 55th FG gallery.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene W O'Neill. Long Island, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6347 LM-O "Li'l Abner". Nice detail view of the revised artwork.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene W O'Neill. Long Island, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6347 LM-O "Li'l Abner". Detail view of right side markings.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene W O'Neill. Long Island, NY. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6347 LM-O "Li'l Abner". Photo showing update of right side markings with the addition of the shamrock and four kill markings.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Caleb L Reeder Jr., Miami, FL. 62nd Fighter Squadron. Identification of any assigned a/c for Lt. Reeder is currently unknown but he was flying P-47D 42-74623 LM-O on 8 March 1944 when he became a PoW.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dean A Nordquist, Council Bluffs, IA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6253 LM-P "Lil' Val".

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dean A Nordquist, Council Bluffs, IA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6253 LM-P "Lil' Val". Note the “little Injun” artwork and the wheel hubs!

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Lucian A Dade, 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26417 LM-P.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony R Carcione. Bethlehem, PA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6### LM-Q "Terrible Tony". Details of serial wanted.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk . Anthony R Carcione. Bethlehem, PA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6### LM-Q "Terrible Tony". Later photo of Lt. Carcione’s P-47C with the name applied to the artwork.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony R Carcione. Bethlehem, PA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7937 LM-Q "Triss" on R cowling. This artwork appeared on the L fuselage. Confirmation from "Ramrod to Emden" which shows both sides of the a/c as it turns onto its hardstanding.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony R Carcione. Bethlehem, PA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7937 LM-Q "Triss" on R cowling. Nude artwork on the L fuselage. “Triss” pictured here in typical English weather – torrential rain!

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony R Carcione. Bethlehem, PA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7937 LM-Q "Triss" on R cowling. Nude artwork on the L fuselage.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony R Carcione. Bethlehem, PA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7937 LM-Q Nice view of "Triss" artwork but taken before the lettering was added.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert S Johnson. Lawton, OK. 62nd Fighter Squadron. Pictured with his final a/c P-47D 42-25512 LM-Q "Penrod and Sam".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Horace C “Pappy” Craig, Summerfield, OH. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8780 LM-R "Pappy".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Horace C “Pappy” Craig, Summerfield, OH. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8780 LM-R "Pappy". Artwork on cowling is the head of “Pappy Yokum” from Al Capp’s Li’l Abner / Dogpatch cartoon strip.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Horace C “Pappy” Craig, Summerfield, OH. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8780 LM-R "Pappy". As Capt. O’Neill’s “Li’l Abner” had its artwork changed, so did “Pappy” with Pappy Yokum now appearing in his entirety.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Horace C “Pappy” Craig, Summerfield, OH. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8780 LM-R "Pappy". Colour view of the revised artwork. This P-47 was eventually transferred to second line duties and was involved in a landing accident with the 312th Ferrying Squadron. See 495th FTG gallery for photo.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. David C Schilling, Leavenworth, KS. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7938 LM-S presentation a/c "Hewlett-Woodmere, Long Island". LtCol. Schilling seen here with his Crew Chief S/Sgt. Hollznan.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. David C Schilling, Leavenworth, KS. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7938 LM-S presentation a/c "Hewlett-Woodmere, Long Island". Illustration of nose art.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. David C Schilling, Leavenworth, KS. 62nd Fighter Squadron. Lt.Col. David C Schilling. 62nd fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26641 LM-S with artwork of hairless Joe” from the Dogpatch cartoon strip.

Photo: Nathan Howland
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. David C Schilling, Leavenworth, KS. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26641 LM-S. Rarely seen view of starboard side showing that “Hairless Joe” noseart was on port side only.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. David C Schilling, Leavenworth, KS. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21125 LM-S. This last of Dave Schilling’s P-47s with the 56TH was lost on 11 March 1945 when Lt. Frank Aheron was killed in a training accident.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wendell A McClure, Sweetwater, TX. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76250 LM-S_ "Sneaky McGee”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wendell A McClure, Sweetwater, TX. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76250 LM-S_ "Sneaky McGee”.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wendell A McClure, Sweetwater,TX. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76250 LM-S_ "Sneaky McGee”.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wendell A McClure, Sweetwater, TX. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76250 LM-S_ "Sneaky McGee”. Detail view of artwork.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Leroy A Schreiber, Plymouth, MA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74660 LM-T. This P-47 was reassigned to Lt. Canizares as LM-G.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Leroy A Schreiber, Plymouth, MA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22537 LM-T.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Leroy A Schreiber, Plymouth, MA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22537 LM-T. Maj. Schreiber was killed in action on 15 April 1944 in his replacement P-47D serial # 43-25577 and also coded LM-T.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 62nd Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-28812 LM-T. Assigned pilot currently unknown and seen here following a training accident crash on 10 October 1944 in which Lt. John Eaves was killed.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Mark L “Mose” Moseley, Atlanta, GA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7942 LM-U “Old Man Mose”.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Mark L “Mose” Moseley, Atlanta, GA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7942 LM-U “Old Man Mose”. This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Valetta when Capt. Moseley was assigned a later model P-47.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Mark L “Mose” Moseley, Atlanta, GA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7942 LM-U “Old Man Mose”. Detail of artwork.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph P Walker, Huntsville, AL. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6### LM-V “Little Eva”. "Margaret D" in the photo is currently unidentified.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph P Walker, Huntsville, AL. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6### LM-V “Little Eva”. This This is Lt. Walker’s first assigned a/c and details of the serial number are wanted.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph P Walker, Huntsville, AL. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8676 LM-V “Miss Box”. This a/c was lost on 2 March 1944 when Lt. Edward N Rougeau became a PoW.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joseph P Walker, Huntsville, AL. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8676 LM-V “Miss Box”. Detail view of artwork.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D 42-74647 LM-V said to be one of Lt. Robert C Cherry's "Eradicator"s. What is certain though is that the "girlie" artwork was painted by Lt.Col. Wayne Blickenstaff of 353rd FG as this a/c was originally his LH-U "Soubrette". (see 353rd gallery for original).

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lowell C Buchmiller. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28684 LM-V “Skipper”. Lt. Buchmiller was killed in this a/c on 14 December 1944 when he crashed into the sea south of Felixtowe.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Walter V Cook “Walt”, Cincinnati, OH. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6343 LM-W “Little Cookie / Sad Sack”. Capt. Cook scored the first victory for the 56th FG on 12 June 1943 and is seen here with his crew chief pointing out the very newly applied marking.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Walter V Cook “Walt”, Cincinnati, OH. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6343 LM-W “Little Cookie / Sad Sack”. Looking in a sorry state even though a second victory marker has been added, this photo shows the result of a ground-loop by Capt. Cook on 20 October 1943 at Halesworth.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Walter V Cook “Walt”, Cincinnati, OH. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6343 LM-W “Little Cookie / Sad Sack”. Note how the “M” stencil has been used for the “W” code letter! Full side view taken following the ground-loop.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Walter V Cook “Walt”, Cincinnati, OH. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6343 LM-W “Little Cookie / Sad Sack”. Whilst the photos of “Little Cookie” are well known, the fact that this a/c was also later named “Sad Sack” on the port side is not so well known. Another one for the decal manufacturers no doubt!

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Walter V Cook “Walt”, Cincinnati, OH. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6343 LM-W “Little Cookie / Sad Sack”. A rare colour shot showing “Sad Sack” before the lettering was applied.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Conway C Saux, Gretna, LA. 62nd Fighter Squadron, P-47C 41-6224 LM-X “Two Roll Charlie".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Conway C Saux, Gretna, LA. 62nd Fighter Squadron, P-47C 41-6224 LM-X “Two Roll Charlie". Lt. Saux was killed in this a/c on 22 August 1943 when he was involved in a mid-air collision with 41-6189 LM-P flown by Lt. Donald Tettemer who was also killed in the incident.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 62nd Fighter Squadron P-47D 44-19928 LM-X. The assigned pilot is currently unknown but very possible Lt. Butiste before his P-47M.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Leo F Butiste. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21199 LM-X This a/c had a pinup on the left cowling with "Josephine My Flying Machine" on the right.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Leo F Butiste. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21199 LM-X "Josephine My Flying Machine". View of left side showing nose art in-up.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Herman E King, Bradley, ME. 62nd Fighter Squadron, ex 359th FG, 370th FS. P-47D 42-25517 LM-X_.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James M Jones, Columbia, LA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7947 LM-Y “Ah’m Available”.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James M Jones, Columbia, LA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7947 LM-Y “Ah’m Available”.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Hubert Zemke, Missoula, MT. Headquarters Unit. P-47C 41-6330 LM-Z “Moy Tavarish” (Cyrillic characters). Having had his a/c serviced by the 61st FS in the US, Col. Zemke had this P-47C serviced by the 62nd FS and subsequent a/c by the 63rd FS.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Hubert Zemke, Missoula, MT. Headquarters Unit. P-47C 41-6330 LM-Z “Moy Tavarish” (Cyrillic characters).

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Hubert Zemke, Missoula, MT. Headquarters Unit. P-47C 41-6330 LM-Z “Moy Tavarish” (Cyrilic characters). Detail of the famous “Hub” motif on the cowling.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Hubert Zemke, Missoula, MT. Headquarters Unit. P-47C 41-6330 LM-Z “Moy Tavarish” (Cyrilic characters). Detail of the Cyrillic “My Comrade” lettering.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Mark K Boyle, Provo, UT. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75444 LM-Z “The Magnet”.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Mark K Boyle, Provo, UT. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75444 LM-Z “The Magnet”.

Photo: Patrick Brown
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. George E Bostwick, Dayton, OH. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D LM-Z "Ugly Duckling". (starboard side unnamed). The only known P-47Ds assigned to George were 42-26042 and 42-26280 both of which were D-22 models. This one is clearly a later "bubble-top" and the serial is currently unknown. All that can be discerned from the photo is the first two numbers on the fin and these are 22. Additional information welcome on this one

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eugene E Bennett, Summit Station, PA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown but was downed and evaded on 7 June 1944 in P-47D 42-76254 LM-P_.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Wayne A Brainard, Kellogg, ID . 62ndFighter Squadron. Capt Brainard was in the original cadre from the US and was with the 62nd FS until July 1944. He is seen here with what must have been his first assigned a/c, a P-47C 41-6231 LM-E showing artwork of the cartoon character “Alley Oop” with an Uncle Sam top hat.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jackie L Carwell, Louisville, KY. 62ndFighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Carwell served with the 62nd FS from April – September 1944.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Reigel W Davis, Greenville, SC. 62ndFighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Capt. Davis served with the 62nd FS from June – December 1944.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John B Eaves, Edmond, OK. 62ndFighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Capt. Eaves was an original cadre pilot and was killed in a landing accident on 11 October 1944 in 42-28812 LM-T. Note that the photo here is printed back-to-front from the negative but is retained as such to illustrate Capt. Eaves’ signature. P-47 seen is 42-7942 LM-U “Old Man Mose” of Capt. Moseley.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John W Ferguson Jr. Lynchberg, VA. 62ndFighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Capt. Ferguson served with the 62nd FS from June 1944 to February 1945.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold E Gallagher, Chillicothe, OH. 62ndFighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown. Lt. Gallagher served with the 62nd FS from September 1943 to May 1944.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles L Ginn, Palatka, FL. 62ndFighter Squadron, P-47C 41-6336 LM-N. Lt. Ginn was an original cadre pilot and served with the 62nd FS until April 1944.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles L Ginn, Palatka, FL. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6336 LM-N.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles L Ginn, Palatka, FL. 62ndFighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6336 LM-N details currently unknown. This rare colour shot shows that there was an original name prior to the artwork being applied. From my poor eyesight it appears to have been “Queen” something but I can’t be certain.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Hillyer S Godfrey, Gainsville, GA. 62ndFighter Squadron. P-47D LM-# “Devil Baby”. Serial and code letter of this one needed. Lt. Godfrey was transferred out of the 56th for being “Peck’s Bad Boy” and reassigned to the 27th FrG, 310th FrS where he was killed in a crash in 42-76389 at Barrhill, Scotland on 1 March 1944.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Hillyer S Godfrey, Gainsville, GA. 62ndFighter Squadron. P-47D LM-# “Devil Baby”.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Irvin E Valenta. Sweet Home, TX. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6253 LM-P "Pokey". Lt. Valenta was killed in action on 4th March 1944 whilst flying 42-7942 LM-U of Capt. Moseley. Crashed into North Sea due to mechanical failure.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Irvin E Valenta. Sweet Home, TX. 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6253 LM-P "Pokey". Artwork used for “Pokey” is the character “Sadie Hawkins” from Al Capp’s Dogpatch cartoon strip.

Photo: Lt. Valenta's nephew Tim Herbst
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 62nd Fighter Squadron. Aircraft and pilot unidentified. Information wanted.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk “Bonnie” a P-47D of the 62nd Fighter Squadron. This aircraft has been attributed to the 61st FS but the yellow rudder of the 62nd is clearly visible in this shot. Pilot currently unidentified and information also wanted in respect of serial # and code letter.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified P-47D from 62nd Fighter Squadron. Any information at all on this one would be welcome, particularly who was nicknamed “Pinkey” to help identify the pilot.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Steven T Murray, Oakland, CA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. Lt. Murray served with the 62nd FS from April to September 1944. Details of any a/c assignment currently unknown.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Francis A Nolan, 62nd Fighter Squadron. Capt. Nolan served from June 1944 to January 1945. No further derails known.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William R Perkins, Norfolk, VA. 62nd Fighter Squadron. Capt. Perkins served from June to October 1944 and no further derails are known.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas J Pierce, Melbourne, Australia. 62nd Fighter Squadron. Lt. Pierce served from April to September 1944. No other details known.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk “Flirty Gertie From ?####?” A currently unidentified P-47 almost certainly from 62nd FS. With artwork like this, we can’t even be sure that the pilot in shot was the assigned pilot of the a/c. Any information at all on this one would be welcome.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Flight of four late model P-47Ds of 63rd Fighter Squadron. The three visible are 42-28796 UN-V of Lt. Ramon R Davis, 42-26530 UN-R_ which was lost on 5 November 1944 when Lt. Robert F Healy KIA flying her and 42-28810 UN-O of Lt. Frank A Ogden.

Photo: Glenda Carelas
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Placed under the 63rd FS section but in fact containing pilots from all three squadrons. (See enlargement for details). Despite the upper fuselage invasion stripes having been removed from the P-47, which would roughly date the photo as July 44; Charles Tucker was killed on 22 June 1944 in a mid-air collision with Mark Moseley. Tucker was flying 42-75282 LM-J_. The photo must therefore have been taken either on or shortly before 22 June.

Photo: Richard Wiggs
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Littlefriends.co.uk Pilots of 63rd Fighter Squadron Jan/Feb 1945. See enlargement for names.

Photo: Lt. Tom Smith
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Littlefriends.co.uk 63rd Fighter Squadron Status Board. Just look at the details of the P-47s on view. If only other photos like this were taken!

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 63rd Fighter Squadron Engineering Status Board. Really interesting for those who can tear their eyes away from the back wall cheesecake!

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lyle A Adrianse. Grandville, MI. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6362 UN-A "The Michigan Mauler". Crew chief Sgt. James R Roberts.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lyle A Adrianse. Grandville, MI. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6362 UN-A "The Michigan Mauler". Crew chief Sgt. James R Roberts.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lyle A Adrianse. Grandville, MI. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8488 UN-A "Lofty".

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Barney P Casteel. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25531 UN-A "Georgia Peach". Photo shows battle damage received on the 19th May 1944 mission.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D 42-25507 “Huckle de Buck” has long been listed in various publications as UN-A of the 63rd FS. However, there has always been a question mark over this, particularly in view of the full D-Day stripes seen in this shot and the photo immediately above showing 42-25531 UN-A prior to D-Day, and it being lost as UN-A on 18 September 1944. 42-25507 was lost on 18 June 1944 with the 509th FS 405th FG 9th AF. Logic dictates therefore that the partially viewed code is not UN of the 63rd but rather G9 0f the 509th. The 509th also used a red cowl band but as per 9th AF markings, it was a squadron designator rather than group.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Victor E Bast, Lena, WI. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21### UN-A. Capt. Bast became the squadron’s post-war Assistant Operations Officer.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Archie H Robey, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75071 UN-A_. Lt. Robey was killed in a training flight on 22 April 1944 when he crashed into the Channel some 20 miles off of Orfordness.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eugene W Andermatt, Waltonville, IL. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28824 UN-A_. Lt Andermatt is seen alongside UN-T “Sugie”, thoughtfully giving a reasonable view of the nose art.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eugene W Andermatt, Waltonville, IL. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28824 UN-A_. Although there is no record of Lt. Andermatt’s “D” model being named, the photo clearly shows that noseart was applied and it is therefore highly likely that this was also named “Miss June” after his wife to be, as per his later P-47M which was 44-21203 UN-A “Miss June”.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk F/O. John T Bradshaw, Morristown, NJ. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19786 UN-A_. This a/c was lost on 17 September 1944 when its pilot, Lt. Edward M Albright Jr., was killed in action over Zoelen, Holland.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gordon E Batdorf, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6261 UN-B “Bat Out Of Hell”. This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Roach Stewart as UN-R.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gordon E Batdorf, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6261 UN-B “Bat Out Of Hell”. Detail of bat artwork.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gordon E Batdorf, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6261 UN-B “Bat Out Of Hell”. Detail of “Bat Out Of Hell” lettering.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Cameron M Hart,. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26299 UN-B.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Cameron M Hart,. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19937 UN-B, sporting the same design of noseart as the earlier P-47 seen above. Apparently the design was taken from a Wehrmacht tank destroyer unit.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edgar J Huff, Ogden, UT. 63rd Fighter squadron. P-47M 44-21209 UN-B “Lookin’ Fer Trouble”. Lt. Huff is seen here being presented with his DFC.

Photo: Dennis Hayes
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edgar J Huff, Ogden, UT. 63rd Fighter squadron. P-47M 44-21209 UN-B “Lookin’ Fer Trouble”.

Photo: Dennis Hayes
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Russell B Westfall, Olds, IA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75278 UN-B_ “Anamosa”.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Russell B Westfall, Olds, IA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75278 UN-B_ “Anamosa”.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Russell B Westfall, Olds, IA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26466 UN-B_ “Anamosa II”. Capt. Westfall seen here with his crew who are currently unidentified.

Photo: John Ihnotic – Leisure Galleries
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Russell B Westfall, Olds, IA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26466 UN-B_ “Anamosa II”.

Photo:Nathan Howland
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Raymond D Petty, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7975 UN-C. This a/c was recoded to UN-I and lost on 7 November 1943 with F/O Robert E Sheehan evading capture.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles C Clamp, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75859 UN-C. This a/c was lost on 4 July 1944 with Lt. Samuel B Dale being killed in action.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles C Clamp, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75859 UN-C. Detail of artwork on Capt. Clamp’s a/c.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Claude A Chinn 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28741 UN-C.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Claude A Chinn 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28741 UN-C. This a/c was lost on 2 December 1944 when Lt. Wyman A Baker was KIA in a mid-air collision with Capt. Eugene E Barnum, 61st FS in 44-19739 HV-A who was also KIA. The P-47 has the appearance of being of uniform colour but this is due to the lighting conditions and type of film used.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph R Curtis, Houston, TX. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26316 UN-C_ "Spirit of Crawford County Missouri". Note Invasion Stripes Around fuselage.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph L Egan Jr. New York, NY. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6584 UN-E "Holy Joe". Name of the pet mouse in unknown!

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph L Egan Jr. New York, NY. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6584 UN-E "Holy Joe".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph L Egan Jr. New York, NY. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6584 UN-E "Holy Joe".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph L Egan Jr. New York, NY. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6584 UN-E "Holy Joe". Detail of artwork and crew panel.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75069 UN-E_ assigned pilot currently unknown but in some publications erroneously attributed to Capt. Egan.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22534 UN-O “The Wolf”. Assigned to Wayne O'Connor and ground-looped on take-off by him at Halesworth on 7th September 1943.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John C Fahringer, Lima, OH. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-20594 UN-F.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John C Fahringer, Lima, OH. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21160 UN-F "Devastatin' Deb". Capt. Fahringer was flying this a/c when he downed an Me262 on 5 April 1945. Earlier, on 25 March 1945, Maj. George E Bostwick downed one Me262 and damaged another whilst flying this same a/c. Regrettably no photos are available of this one at the moment but details of the markings were obtained from the late Capt. Fahringer by Bob McCormack and Crew Chief Richard Leo. See enlargement for details.

Profile by Nick King
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Walter L Flagg, Conimicut, RI. 63rd Fighter Squadron, P-47D 42-28548 UN-F_. Capt. Flag is unable to remember details of the artwork but believes that his wife's name "Dottie" was included. He also had an earlier D model named "Baby Snooks" but the serial # is currently unknown.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Walter L Flagg, Conimicut, RI. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21140 UN-F_ "Shoot You're Faded".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald M Goodfleisch, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7878 UN-G “Li’l Goody”.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald M Goodfleisch, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7878 UN-G “Li’l Goody”.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald M Goodfleisch, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7878 UN-G “Li’l Goody”. The a/c in the foreground is unfortunately currently unidentified.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Walter R Groce, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21226 UN-G.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony S Cavallo, Akron, OH. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22772 UN-G_ “El Diablo / Eleanor III”. A/c later recoded to UN-G.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony S Cavallo, Akron, OH. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22772 UN-G_ “El Diablo / Eleanor III”.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony S Cavallo, Akron, OH. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22772 UN-G_ “El Diablo / Eleanor III”.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony S Cavallo, Akron, OH. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22772 UN-G_ “El Diablo / Eleanor III”. Close-up of nose art.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony S Cavallo, Akron, OH. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22772 UN-G_ “Bingo / Eleanor III”. El Diablo has now become “Bingo” but “Eleanor III” stays the same. Note Blue noseband used between February and March 1944.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony S Cavallo, Akron, Oh. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22772 UN-G_ “Bingo / Eleanor III”. Variation of “Bingo” artwork on left cowling.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony S Cavallo, Akron, OH. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22772 UN-G_ “Bingo / Eleanor III”. Still from same film clip as the “Bingo” artwork showing the same “Eleanor III” as per “El Diablo”.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John T Bradshaw. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21196 UN-G_ "Yorkshire Lass".

Photo: Tom Smith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19868 UN-H “Scarsdale Scout”. Assigned pilot details for this presentation a/c are currently unknown. It was written-off on 14 January 1945 in a take-off crash at Boxted with Lt. Russell W Campbell at the controls.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19868 UN-H “Scarsdale Scout”. Photo of the 14 January 1945 take-off crash.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. J. Carroll Wakefield, Corpus Christi, TX. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74643 UN-H_ "Ole Puss".

Photo: USAAF
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Walter R Frederick, Plymouth Meeting, PA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. Note RAF wings. Lt. Frederick flew 85 missions (300 hours) with the 56th before going to the Pacific Theatre of Operations and being KIA with the 463rd FS of the 507th FG.

Photo: C. Frederick
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Walter R Frederick, Plymouth Meeting, PA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8693 UN-I "Quaker Sad Sack". This a/c was previously "Liquidator" and the original artwork has obviously been retained by Lt. Frederick with just a change in the nickname.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Walter R Frederick, Plymouth Meeting, PA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26059 UN-I "Quaker Schlemiel". Lt. Frederick was raised a Quaker and is seen here with his crew chief, name as yet unknown. Schlemiel is Yiddish for a habitual bungler or gullible person.

Photo: C. Frederick
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack D Brown, Salt Lake City, UT. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6203 UN-J "Windy / The Flying Ute". Photo taken prior to the application of the Flying Ute artwork with just the name “Windy” on view.

Photo: Roger Freeman
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack D Brown, Salt Lake City, UT. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6203 UN-J "Windy / The Flying Ute".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack D Brown, Salt Lake City, UT. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6203 UN-J "Windy / The Flying Ute". Nice close-up of “Flying Ute” artwork.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack D Brown. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8525 UN-J. Name and artwork on this a/c currently unknown. Any information is welcomed.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Vance P Ludwig, Hollywood, FL. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6622 UN-K. Photo shows result of burst tyre on take-off on 16 August 1943 causing belly tank to catch fire.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Vance P Ludwig. Hollywood, FL. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8465 UN-K. Killed in Action 1 December 1943. Victories relate to three Me 110s downed on 4 October 1943.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Philip G Kuhn, Lorain, OH. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21225 UN-K “Fire Ball”.

Photo: Russ Kyler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John H "Lucky" Truluck, Lynchburg, SC. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74750 UN-L "Lady Jane". Modellers note matching lettering of “Lucky” in crew panel to lettering of “Lady Jane”.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John H "Lucky" Truluck, Lynchburg, SC. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74750 UN-L “Lady Jane”. This a/c was lost on 12 May 1944 when Lt.Col. Preston Piper became a PoW.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk "Lady Jane" undergoing battle damage repair sustained 5 November 1943.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John H "Lucky" Truluck, Lynchburg, SC. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74750 UN-L "Lady Jane". Lady Jane seen here with the short-lived blue nose of 63rd FS.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Armand A Laflam, Belmont, NH. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26293 UN-L “Belle of Belmont”, named for his hometown.

Photo: Mark Brown via Rex Driscoll
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Walker H "Bud" Mahurin, Fort Wayne, IN. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8487 UN-M "Spirit of Atlantic City N.J.".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Walker H "Bud" Mahurin, Fort Wayne, IN. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8487 UN-M "Spirit of Atlantic City N.J.".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Walker H "Bud" Mahurin, Fort Wayne, IN. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8487 UN-M "Spirit of Atlantic City N.J.".

Photo:USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Walker H "Bud" Mahurin, Fort Wayne, IN. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8487 UN-M "Spirit of Atlantic City N.J.". Detail of crew panel and scoreboard.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28627 UN-M "Shack Rat". Assigned pilot currently unknown.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles t McBath, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21150 UN-M_ “Dottie Dee”.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles T McBath,63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21150 UN-M_ “Dottie Dee”. Detail of noseart being mimicked by Lt. Paul Dawson.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Randel L “Pat” Murphy, Houston, TX. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21141 UN-N “The Brat”.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wayne J O’Connor, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6216 UN-O. No name on a/c but imposing artwork of the Big Bad Wolf. The dog’s name was “Slipstream”.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank A Ogden, Houston, TX. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28810 UN-O.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank A Ogden, Houston, TX. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28810 UN-O. Poor quality photo but useful in showing difference in colour of serial # and code letters.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William H Janson, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6268 UN-P. This a/c was lost on 8 October 1943 with Lt. Dover C Fleming Jr., being KIA having been hit by enemy fighters near Amsterdam.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D 42-8426 UN-P of 63rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned pilot currently unknown. Photo shows result of landing accident at Boxted on 22 April 1944 with Lt. Samuel J Lowman at the controls.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-25721 UN-P “Target For Tonight” bearing the well known “Varga” artwork currently being used as the Virgin Airlines logo. This a/c was lost on 6 July 1944 with Lt. Sam P Lowman Jr., being KIA having been hit by fighters near Beaulieu, France.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold L Matthews, Rockford, IL. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8554 UN-P_ “Jerry”.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold L Matthews, Rockford, IL. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8554 UN-P_ “Jerry”. Close-up of noseart showing how the blue nose band had been applied very crudely around the figure.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harold L Matthews, Rockford, IL. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8554 UN-P_ “Jerry”. Detail showing lettering style of “Jerry” and confirming that it was not “Jenny” as given in some publications!

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Paul A Conger, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21134 UN-P_ “Bernyce”. Maj. Conger transferred to the 63rd FS from the 61st FS in October 1944 and remained until March 1945.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wilfred A Van Abel, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6537 UN-Q. No name on a/c but imaginative artwork! Lt. Van Abel became a PoW on 2 September 1943 whilst flying this a/c.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wilfred A Van Abel., 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6537 UN-Q. Detail view of artwork which was based on the squadron logo.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Classified as “War Weary”, P-47D 42-75276 previously Lt. Dayton C Sheridan’s LM-M_ “Nigger Haid” of the 62nd FS was field-converted into a two-seater by S/Sgt. Thurman Schreel and S/Sgt. Charles Taylor in their spare time. It was given the code UN-Q with the 63rd FS and named “Category ‘E’ “, being the official term for an airframe that was beyond repair and written-off!

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Two-seater P-47D 42-75276 UN-Q “Category ‘E’ “ seen here being run-up by a crew member.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Two-seater P-47D 42-75276 UN-Q “Category ‘E’ “ now wearing “invasion” stripes around the rear fuselage.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John A Aranyos, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P47D 42-76468 UN-R “Ol’e Steel Butt / The Idaho Spud”.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John A Aranyos, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P47D 42-76468 UN-R “Ol’e Steel Butt / The Idaho Spud”. View of right cowling showing the Idaho Spud artwork. Another one for the decal manufacturers?

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Bernard R Smith, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75412 UN-S/ "Sunshine".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Sam O Stamps, Birmingham, AL. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22762 UN-S "Tinkle".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Sam O Stamps, Birmingham, AL. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22762 UN-S "Tinkle".

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Sam O Stamps, Birmingham, AL. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25307 UN-S. No name on this one but a different and distinct enlargement of the noseart!

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Sam O Stamps, Birmingham, AL. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25307 UN-S. Close-up view of the new artwork.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Arthur T Shupe, Vandergrift, PA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21118 UN-S.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roach S Stewart Jr., 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-25969 UN-S_. Lt. Stewart was killed in action whilst flying this a/c on 3 August 1944.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Philip E Tukey Jr., 63rd Fighter Squadron. P47C 41-6375 UN-T. Maj. Tukey was transferred to the 356th FG

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Philip E Tukey Jr., 63rd Fighter Squadron. P47C 41-6375 UN-T. Detail of wheel hub seen on Maj. Tukey’s P-47C in the above photo.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George H Lovett Jr., 63rd Fighter Squadron. P47D 42-75137 UN-T. Lt. Lovett was killed in a training accident on 30 April 1844 whilst flying this a/c. Photo shows earlier landing accident by Lt. Lovett at Halesworth on 9 March 1944.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert D Campbell Jr. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P47D 43-25515 UN-T “Ann ‘K’ “. This a/c was lost on 21 September 1944 with Lt. Harold E Spicer being KIA. Flying in the number two slot in this photo is P-47D 43-25585 UN-V_ “Pat” of Capt. Gordon Stevens.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19909 UN-T "Sugie". Photo clearly shows name was not "Suzie" as noted in published works. Pilot as yet unknown. This a/c crashed 8 November 1944 and was salvaged on the Continent.

Photo Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas W Smith Jr., Richmond, VA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21149 UN-T "’Ole Miss’ - Lib". Rear 3/4 view. Note absence of fin fillet, which was field-fitted to the early production P-47M's.

Photo: Lt. Tom Smith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas W Smith Jr., Richmond, VA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21149 UN-T ""Ole Miss" - Lib". Front view of cowl with Lt. Smith giving the "A - okay!”

Photo: Lt. Tom Smith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas W Smith Jr., Richmond, VA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21149 UN-T "’Ole Miss’ - Lib".

Photo: Lt. Tom Smith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas W Smith Jr., Richmond, VA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21149 UN-T "’Ole Miss’ - Lib". Further view of cowling showing style of lettering.

Photo: Lt. Tom Smith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk "Lib" - the face behind the name. Mrs Elizabeth (Lib) Smith. Linked picture has bonus shot of Lib on the campus steps at Ole Miss.

Photo: Mrs Elizabeth Smith
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas W Smith Jr. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21149 UN-T "’Ole Miss’- Lib"

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26258 UN-T_. This aircraft was "Moptops Pride" of Lt. Eugene J Timony, which he named after his girlfriend. It was lost on 5 September 1944 when Lt. Chester B Frye bailed out due to Flak to become a POW.

Photo: Richard Wiggs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eugene J Timony. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26258 UN-T_ "Moptop's Pride".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eugene J Timony. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26258 UN-T_ "Moptop's Pride".

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eugene J Timony. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26258 UN-T_ "Moptop's Pride".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eugene J Timony. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26258 UN-T_ "Moptop's Pride".

Photo: Eugene J Timony Jr.
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eugene J Timony. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26258 UN-T_ "Moptop's Pride".

Photo: Eugene J Timony Jr.
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William H Janson, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P47D 42-8410 UN-U “Betty Ann II”.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 63rd Fighter Squadron. P47D 42-28689 UN-U an ex78th FG a/c taken on board by the 56th during the problem time with the P-47M. This crash landing was on 23 January 1945 due to mechanical failure and the pilot involved was Lt. Ernest A Dewey of 62nd FS.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. John W Vogt Jr., Elizabeth, NJ. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6325 UN-V “Lucky Little Devil”. This a/c was transferred to the 365th FG 9th AF.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. John W Vogt Jr., Elizabeth, NJ. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6325 UN-V “Lucky Little Devil”. Detail view of artwork.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Gerald W Johnson “Jerry”, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76249 UN-V. Maj. Johnson became a PoW flying this a/c on 27 March 1944.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Roy T Fling. 63rd Fighter Squadron. Capt. Fling joined the 63rd FS in June 1944 and so far no assigned a/c has been associated with him. He was killed in action on 9 September 1944 in P-47D 42-28543 UN-V_ "Pat" of Capt. Stevens.

Photo: George Gosney
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gordon S Stevens, Smithfield, NC. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25585 UN-V_ “Pat”. The P-47 behind Capt. Stevens is not one of his assigned a/c and is currently unidentified.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gordon S Stevens, Smithfield, NC. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25585 UN-V_ “Pat”.

Photo: Richard Wiggs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gordon S Stevens, Smithfield, NC. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25585 UN-V_ “Pat”. Capt. Stevens seen here with his crew: Crew Chief S/Sgt. R. A. Leo and Assistant Crew Chief Sgt. J. A. Strinic.

Photo: Richard Wiggs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gordon S Stevens, Smithfield, NC. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25585 UN-V_ “Pat”. Capt. Stevens seen here with his crew inspecting the result of enemy action.

Photo: Richard Wiggs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gordon S Stevens, Smithfield, NC. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25585 UN-V_ “Pat”.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gordon S Stevens, Smithfield, NC. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28543 UN-V_ “Pat”. This was Capt. Stevens’ second assigned P-47D. His first assigned P-47 was 43-25585 UN-V_ “Pat” which was transferred to the 61st FS where it was assigned to Russ Kyler as HV-V. This particular “Pat” was lost on 9 September 1944 with Capt. Roy T Fling being KIA. Following the loss of Capt. Fling, Capt Stevens received a replacement UN-V_ serial # 44-19730. Unfortunately he was himself killed in action 18 September 1944 whilst flying it so it is unlikely that there was sufficient time for the name “Pat” to have been applied to this last a/c.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gordon S Stevens, Smithfield, NC. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28543 UN-V_ “Pat”. Nice view of the artwork on the right cowl of this a/c. No doubt something to interest the decal manufacturers when combined with the left side!

Photo: Richard Wiggs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Robert B Landry. New Orleans, LA. Headquarters Squadron. P-47D 42-75109 UN-W "Louisiana Pirate / New Orleans".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Robert B Landry. New Orleans, LA. Headquarters Squadron. P-47D 42-75109 UN-W "Louisiana Pirate / New Orleans".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Robert B Landry. New Orleans, LA. Headquarters Squadron. P-47D 42-75109 UN-W "Louisiana Pirate / New Orleans".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Robert B Landry. New Orleans, LA. Headquarters Squadron. P-47D 42-75109 UN-W "Louisiana Pirate / New Orleans". Seen here during February 1944 when the 63rd Fighter Squadron wore blue nose bands.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26057 UN-W. This a/c was lost on 18 September 1944 when it crashed into North Sea due to Flak. Lt. Elwood D Raymond being killed in action.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles W Reed, Corpus Christi, TX, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6367 UN-X. The photograph shows a belly-landing by Lt Reed on 20 December 1943 at Dunwich on the Suffolk coast. 41-6367 was repaired and eventually transferred to the 495th FTG, 552nd FTS at Atcham, where it was lost on 25 May 1944; the pilot Gale E Carson being killed in the crash.

Photo: Sander Woonings (Aircraft Research Group Achterhoek)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles W Reed, Corpus Christi, TX, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6367 UN-X. View of the starboard side at the crash site seen above.

Photo: Sander Woonings (Aircraft Research Group Achterhoek)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles W Reed, Corpus Christi, TX, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75185 UN-X "Princess Pat".

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles W Reed. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75185 UN-X "Princess Pat". Seen here providing some very close escort to a 389th Bomb Group B-24 and displaying her early white banded nose.

Photo: Mitch Magee
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles W Reed. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75185 UN-X "Princess Pat". “Pat” now seen during February 1944 with the short-lived blue noseband.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles W Reed, Corpus Christi, TX, 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75185 UN-X “Princess Pat”. Pat seen here with the final style of 56th FG noses – the famous red nose band!

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Harold E “Bunny” Comstock, Fresno, CA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6326 UN-Y.

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Harold E “Bunny” Comstock, Fresno, CA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6326 UN-Y. Detail view of logo and crew panel.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Harold E “Bunny” Comstock, Fresno, CA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6326 UN-Y. The top of Col. Comstock’s well known skull emblem can just be made out above the wing tip

Photo: Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Harold E “Bunny” Comstock, Fresno, CA. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6326 UN-Y. Pictured here in a rather bent condition due to Col. Comstock having made a belly-landing at Beccles, Suffolk on 3 February 1944.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Glen D Schiltz. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6259 UN-Z. Capt. Schiltz served with the 63rd from July 1942 to February 1944 before rotating home after completing 200 combat hours. His other a/c were P-47D 42-8269 and 42-75232 both also coded UN-Z.

Photo: George Gosney
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. George E Bostwick, Dayton, OH. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21112 UN-Z. “Ugly Duckling”.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. George E Bostwick, Dayton, OH. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21112 UN-Z. “Ugly Duckling”.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Paul C Dawson, Little Rock, AR. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21175 UN-Z. This a/c was painted to represent Col. Zemke’s a/c as seen in the photo at the exhibition in Paris following the end of hostilities.

Photo: Dan Jones
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Glen D Schiltz, North Canton, OH. 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75232 UN-Z_ “Pam”. This photo taken on 1 May 1944 when Lt. Henry Oczkowski suffered a landing accident at Boxted.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Raymond D Petty, 63rd Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-8693 UN-I “Liquidator”. The repainting of the cowling in the squadron blue has covered the first letter of the name and partly distorted the tail of the letter "Q"

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Another unidentified 63rd Fighter Squadron P-47 this time named “Puss”. Information also wanted on this one. UPDATE. Now identified as 42-74643 UN-H/ of Lt. Wakefield. Please see entry under UN-H/ higher up on page.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified 63rd Fighter Squadron P-47C named “Dirigo / Maine”. Dirigo is the State Motto and means “I Lead”.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified 56th FG P-47 named “Roger the Lodger”. Information needed.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified 56th FG P-47 named “G.O.P”. Information needed.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified 56th FG P-47. No name on this one just the artwork indicating its pilot was a Texan. Information needed.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified 56th FG P-47D named “My Little Chum”. That’s very much an English expression of the era! Once again, information needed.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified 56th FG P-47 named “Pelican State”. The Pelican State is Louisiana so knowing which 56th FG pilots came from there might narrow things down a tad! Information needed.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified 56th FG P-47 with nice cartoon artwork named “My Judy”. Information needed.

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert J Steele, Kansas City, MO, 62nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7887 LM-#. The cowl bears the artwork of Moonbeam McSwine from Al Capp’s “Dogpatch” cartoon strip although the name appears not to have been applied. It is assumed that this was another aircraft in the “Dogpatch” Flight (‘B’ Flight) of the 62nd FS. Lt. Steele became a POW whilst flying this a/c on 29 July 1943.

Photo: Robert Steele via Nigel Julian
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Littlefriends.co.uk Last but by no means least for the moment is this nice piece of artwork entitled “Carolina Sunshine”. A real pity that I have no further information on this one as I’m sure that the decal manufacturers would be in hog heaven! Information needed. UPDATE. Now identified as 42-75040 LM-I of Lt. Icard. Please see entry under LM-I higher up on page. Decal manufacturers please note!

Photo: Fred Christensen via Sam Sox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Due to the on-site database not permitting the easy insertion of additional material into the correct order, latter additions to the gallery will be added here, as received and in no particular order.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edwin B Lightfoot Jr. 61st Fighter Squadron P-47M 44-21159 HV-O/ “Joy Boy”. Lt. Robert B Tuttle was the unfortunate pilot who lost his life in this crash, the result of a mid-air collision on 13 March 1945. Other P-47M involved was 44-21115 flown by Lt. Luther P Hines Jr who was also killed in the incident.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edwin B Lightfoot Jr. 61st Fighter Squadron P-47M 44-21159 HV-O/ “Joy Boy”. Next photo in the sequence shows “Joy Boy” about to be turned back onto its undercarriage.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edwin B Lightfoot Jr. 61st Fighter Squadron P-47M 44-21159 HV-O/ “Joy Boy”. Last photo in the sequence showing “Joy Boy” back upright again. The cowling with artwork was apparently salvage from the wreck and reused on the replacement "Joy Boy" 44-21202 HV-P.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ernest H Treff, 61st Fighter Squadron. Although a P-47M pilot, it sems that he never hd his own one assigned.

Photo: Lt. Ernest H Treff via Arthur Treff
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Herbert J "Tex" Edwards, 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21109 HV-K “Sue”. Modellers please note the red sliding canopy frame with the windscreen still in natural metal; also no light blue outline to the national insignia as normally seen on 61st FS P-47M’s

Photo: Lt. Ernest H Treff via Arthur Treff
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D 44-19870 LM-P/ “Lazy Mazie” of the 62nd Fighter Squadron. No crew panel on this one and assigned pilot, if any, is currently unknown. This P-47 was previously with the 356th FG, 359th FS where it was coded OC-P and assigned to Capt. Harry F LeMoyne who gave it the name “Lazy Mazie”, replacing his earlier P-47D 42-76405 with the same name and code.

Photo: Michael Webster
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ernest Kish, Beckley, WV, 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21### HV-# “Gracie” named for his wife. Details wanted to complete serial # and code letter.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wade B “Nick” Charlton, Vestaburg, PA., 63rd Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21221 UN-C/ “Pinky”. Lt. Charlton named his a/c from the pink elephants seen in the film “Dumbo”. Artwork showed “Pinky” wearing a flight helmet and looking through a yellow telescope at an old Pennsylvania road sign - Route 88, this being the main road from Pittsburgh to his home town of Vestaburg. He said that when he and the other pilots had too much to drink, they of course saw pink elephants; so he took it a step further. What if the pink elephants got drunk? They would see a vision of the sweetest sight in the world which was the road back home.

Photo: Capt. McGarrigle via Chuck Zarkis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. David L Mauldin, 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21115 “Up Stairs With Mauldin”. This is the second aircraft involved in the mid-air collision with 44-21159 “Joy Boy” seen above. Lt. Luther P Hines Jr. was flying this aircraft and appeared to have only slight injuries when retrieved from the wreck. He unfortunately died the following day at the US Hospital, Botesdale.

Photo: NARA
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. David L Mauldin, 61st Fighter Squadron. P-47M 44-21115 “Up Stairs With Mauldin”. Another view of the wreckage confirming the serial number and code of this aircraft.

Photo: NARA
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles J Raymond, Brooklyn, NY, 61st Fighter Squadron, P-47M HV-V serial # currently unknown. Lt. Raymond seen here with his crew chief S/Sgt. Turner L Scrivener.

Photo: David Raymond
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edgar D Whitley, Globe, AZ, 63rd Fighter Squadron, P-47D 42-7885 UN-N “Bonnie Ann”.

Photo: Lt. Edgar Whitley
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edgar D Whitley, Globe, AZ, 63rd Fighter Squadron, P-47D 42-7885 UN-N “Bonnie Ann”, named for his wife and their first child.

Photo: Lt. Edgar Whitley
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lewis R "Swede" Brown, Salem, OR. 62nd Fighter Squadron. Lt Brown served with the 62nd FS from 2nd July 1944 until becoming a POW on 23rd December. Thanks to the family, we now have this photo of his assigned P-47D named “Lady Louise” for his wife. Research is ongoing to find the serial number and code letter. At the time of his loss, Lt. Brown was flying as an element leader.

Photo: Mrs Louise Brown via Melissa Brown Greathouse
  


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