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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Luther J Abel, Gladwater, TX. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75684 WZ-H "Mickey II".

Photo: Herbert Boyle via Tom Ivie
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jerry E Brasher, Roswell, NM. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76585 MX-F "Nice Kitty / Dude"

Photo: National Archives
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Col. Charles M Christ, Tulsa, OK. Group Headquarters. P-51D 44-72214 HL-A "Poop Shooter"

photo: Lt. Col. Christ's daughter Pam Grudeck
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank A Fish, Cambridge, IA. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28636 HL-V "Flying Fish". Lt. Fish seen in cockpit.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank A Fish, Cambridge, IA. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28636 HL-V "Flying Fish". Close up showing artwork

photo: Lt. Fish's nephew Rob Fish
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Richard A Hewitt. Lewiston NY. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D - details as yet unknown.

Photo: Lt.Col. Hewitt
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Peter Caulfield, Woburn, MA. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26543 HL-K

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank A Fish, Cambridge, IA. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28636 HL-V "Flying Fish"

photo: Lt. Fish's nephew Rob Fish
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Frederick C Gray Jr. Abilene, TX. Group Headquarters. P-51D 44-63279 HL-Z "Mr Ted II"

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26635 MX-E. Dick Hewitt just happened to be piloting this machine when the photo shoot took place.

Photo Lt.Col. Hewitt
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jerry E Brasher, Roswell, NM. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76585 MX-F "Nice Kitty / Dude"

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D 42-27607 MX-G 82nd Fighter Squadron. This a/c was lost on 3 September 1944 with Lt. Richard D Stark becoming a PoW.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Huie H Lamb Jr. Abilene TX. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28422 MX-O. Huie seen here in front of the a/c. The person in the cockpit is at present unknown.

Photo: Lt. Lamb
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Huie H Lamb Jr. Abilene TX. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28422 MX-O. This a/c was not named as Huie never got 'round to doing it. The first "Etta Jeanne" was his first P-51D 44-63286 MX-V which he ditched in the Channel on 29 December 1944.

Photo: Lt. Lamb
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Richard A Hewitt. Lewiston NY. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-64147 MX-U "Big Dick". (Big Dick is the craps call for double five).

Photo: Lt.Col. Hewitt
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Richard A Hewitt. Lewiston NY. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-64147 MX-U "Big Dick".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Huie H Lamb Jr. Abilene TX. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11631 MX-V "Etta Jeanne II". Named for his younger sister.

Photo: Lt. Lamb
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Huie H Lamb Jr. Abilene TX. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11631 MX-V "Etta Jeanne II"

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry L Roe, Dayton, OH. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72938 MX-Z "Miss Pam"

Photo: Lt. Harry Roe
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Burton J Newmark, Brooklyn, NY. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63171 WZ-K_ "Lady Eve".

Photo: Lt. Newmark
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony A Palopoli. Pittsburgh PA. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72146 HL-P_ "Little Joe". Lt. Palopoli seen here with his crew chief's pet dog.

Photo: Lt. Palopoli's daughter Cathy Palopoli
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony A Palopoli. Pittsburgh PA. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72146 HL-P_ "Little Joe"

Photo: Lt. Palopoli's daughter Cathy Palopoli
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony A Palopoli. Pittsburgh PA. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72146 HL-P_ "Little Joe"

Photo: Lt. Palopoli's daughter Cathy Palopoli
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony A Palopoli. Pittsburgh PA. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72146 HL-P_ "Little Joe"

Profile by Nick King
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Anthony A Palopoli. Pittsburgh PA. 83rd Fighter Squadron. Seen here by P-47D thought to be 42-26391 HL-Z "Mr Ted" of Col. Frederick C Gray Jr.

Photo: Lt. Palopoli's daughter Cathy Palopoli
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Burton J Newmark, Brooklyn, NY. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63171 WZ-K_ "Lady Eve".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas V Thain, Columbia, SC. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72203 WZ-S "Sweet and Lovely"

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles D Whitefield, Ranger, TX. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-25871 WZ-Y "Roger the Lodger".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Col. Eugene P Roberts. Spokane WA. 84th Fighter Squadron, later to HQ. P-47C 41-6630 WZ-Z "Spokane Chief".

Photo: Bill Woods
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack S Sandmeier, San Benito, TX. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6218 MX-S. Lt. Sandmeier became the first 78th pilot to be killed in action when he suffered engine failure and bailed out over the North Sea on 15 May 1943. He is seen here with his crew (L-R) Sgt. James M Whitaker, armorer, S/Sgt. Jay Williams, crew chief and S/Sgt. Robert O Conger, assistant crew chief.

Photo: Alan Griffith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert P Spalding, Springfield, ME. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6380 MX-G "Ranny Mark II" named for his wife. Crew member seen with Lt. Spalding is at present unknown. This P-47 is the replacement for 41-6218 "Ranny" which was lost with Lt. Jack Sandmeier on 15 May 1943. It was transferred out to the 495th FTG at the end of its front-line service.

Photo: Alan Griffith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ivan H Keatley, Ada, OK. 82nd fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26475 MX-Y "Cutie - Ivan The terrible".

Photo: Alan Griffith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert E Adamina, Oakland, CA. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6219 "Rocket Jo". Capt Adamina was the Group's first loss when he became a POW on 14 May 1943 in 41-6198 MX-D. The a/c is seen here just prior to having the MX-D code applied instead of the American style unit markings.

Photo: Alan Griffith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Warren V VanDyke, Saddle River, NJ. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6379 MX-M "Queen Mu".

Photo: Alan Griffith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Jesse C Davis Jr. Beloit, WI. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6402 HL-X "Owley and Tobe". Maj, Davis was still Capt. Davis when this photo was taken. Crew members are T/Sgt. Albert Ron and assistant crew chief Sgt. Roderick Wallace.

Photo: Alan Griffith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Here's a problem that the sharper eyed might be able to help with. Named "Owley and Tobe II", this P-47 would appear to be Maj. Davis's replacement a/c for the one seen above - same logo and name - but the pilot and crew panel bears different names. Any information at all on this one would be most welcome!

Photo: Alan Griffith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William B Spengler, Chicago, Ill. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72481 HL-R "Buzzin Cuzzin". Lt Spengler took over this a/c when Capt. Harold T Barnaby completed his tour and rotated home. He is seen here with crew chief S/Sgt. Del Suess and armorer Cpl. Arlon Nelson.

Photo: Lt. Spengler via Col. Jack Forgy
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Robert E Eby, Clatskanie, OR. Headquarters Squadron. P-47C 41-6249 MX-H "Vee Gaile" named for his daughter Vivian Gaile Eby. Maj. Eby served with the HQ unit throughout his tour, ending as a Lt.Col. His P-47C is seen here with Bob Hope and Frances Langford using it as a backdrop.

Photo: Bob Bryant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Robert E Eby, Clatskanie, OR. Headquarters Squadron. P-47C 41-6249 MX-H "Vee Gaile". Bob Hope and Frances Langford in another photo from the photo shoot adjacent to Duxford's control tower.

Photo: Bob Bryant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard E Phaneuf, Flint, MI., 83rd Fighter Squadron P-51K 44-12136 HL-D Hell’s Bells”. Lt. Phaneuf named his a/c after his favourite expression.

Photo: Thomas N Suciu
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William B Spengler, Chicago, Ill. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72481 HL-R "Buzzin Cuzzin".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry B Slater, Erlanger, KY. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25300 MX-I_ "B Hope".

Photo: Harry B. Slater via Tom Ivie
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry B Slater, Erlanger, KY. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25300 MX-I_ "B Hope".

Photo: Harry B. Slater via Tom Ivie
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Walter E Bourque. Detroit, MI. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15745 MX-T.

Photo: Douglas Bourque
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Walter E Bourque. Detroit, MI. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15745 MX-T.

Photo: Douglas Bourque
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Nice air - air shot of a flight of 84th Fighter Squadron P-47s. In the foreground is P-47D 42-7918 WZ-Y "Old Ironsides" of Capt. William F Hunt, Birmingham, AL. Next in line is P-47C 41-6243 WZ-K "Pappy" of Capt. George J Hays, Leeds, AL. Last in line is currently unidentified.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Manuel S Martinez. Mount Kisco, NY. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8620 MX-F. Although not 100% certain, the likelihood is that this photo is of that a/c.

Photo: Tom Ivie
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James W Wilkinson. Swarthmore, PA. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7954 MX-L "Pin up Girl".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John C Childs. Hot Springs, AR. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63246 MX-S "Little Rebel". Lt Childs seen here with Lt. Bourque.

Photo: Douglas Bourque
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col Richard E Conner. Vicksburg, MS. 82nd fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26475 MX-Y. Lt.Col Conner seen here with his ground crew. Crew chief S/Sgt. Gaston H Bassett on the right with assistant crew chief. Sgt. John R Zachary second from left. Crewman on the extreme left is currently unidentified.

Photo: Sgt. John R Zachary via Elaine McElyea
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Quince L Brown. Bristow, OK. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74753 WZ-J "Okie".

Photo: Sgt. John R Zachary via Elaine McElyea
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edwin O Schneider, Jerseyville, Ill. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72740 MX-C. Seen in the cockpit is assistant crew chief Sgt. John R Zachary

Photo: Sgt. John R Zachary via Elaine McElyea
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edwin O Schneider, Jerseyville, Ill. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72740 MX-C. The same a/c as in the photo immediately above as can be seen from the blanked out panel below the exhaust stacks. Standing next to the pilot is a.c.c. Sgt. John R Zachary with c.c. S/Sgt. Gaston H Bassett on the extreme left. Crewman on the right is armorer Chester Golebrewski.

Photo: Sgt. John R Zachary via Elaine McElyea
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 82nd Fighter Squadron. Identity of this a/c is currently unknown but is possibly Lt.Col. Conner's 44-72233 MX-D.

Photo: Sgt. John R Zachary via Elaine McElyea
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Warren V VanDyke. Saddle River, NJ. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6379 MX-M "Queen Mu" named by Lt. VanDyke in honour of his wife Muriel.

Photo: Sgt. John R Zachary via Elaine McElyea
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8476 MX-X "Little Demon". John Zachary has written on the back of this photo "Bassett seeing Ulerick off" which means that there is a possibility that S/Sgt. Gaston H Bassett was crew chief for more than one a/c. The time span for this photo can be set between February 1944 when Ulerick joined the squadron and 17 March 1944 when he crash-landed this a/c at RAF Witchford, severely burning himself in the process. Little Demon was originally named by Maj. Walter C Beckham of the 353rd FG's 351st FS and it obviously retained the name when transferred to the 78th FG. When assigned to Maj. Beckham, it wore the code YJ-X.

Photo: Sgt. John R Zachary via Elaine McElyea
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harry J Dayhuff. Ogden, UT. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-38G 42-12926. "Mackie". Mackie referred to his wife Maxine and the name was also used on his P-47. The name "Mike" appeared on the left engine cowling and "Pat" on the right. When the 78th FG first arrived in the UK in 1942 they were equipped with P-38s and based at Goxhill but these were very rapidly transferred to the 12th Air Force. Capt. Dayhuff's P-38 depicted here wears the pre-war markings of two bands for a Squadron Commander. These could be applied vertically as in this instance or diagonally. White indicates the 82nd FS. Single bands indicated flight leaders. At this time, the squadrons used the "number in series" system where HQ used 1-9; then 10-39; 40-69 and 70-99 for the three squadrons. Squadron commanders usually used the high or low number. Modellers note that the fiscal year denominator "2" is missing from the serial # on the tail.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. John D Irvin, Anaheim, CA. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6367 WZ-B "Unmentionable".

Photo: Alan Griffith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Clark W Clemons. Jackson, MI. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72927 WZ-W "Frances Dell".

Photo: Garry Fry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 78th pilots fooling around by one of 83rd Fighter Squadron's P-47D's. No names for these at present.

Photo: Garry Fry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Another shot of the 78th pilots fooling around by the 83rd FS P-47D. One would think that the photographers of these and many other shots deliberately set out to frustrate future historians by failing to include the a/c code or tail number in shot!

Photo: Garry Fry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank A Fish, Cambridge, IA. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28636 HL-V "Flying Fish". This close up shows detail on the crew plate: Crew Chief: Rod Wallace (S/Sgt. Roderick A Wallace); Assistant: Sid Forbes (Cpl. Sidney P Forbes) and Armorer: Dick Shepp (Sgt. William R Shepp).

Photo: Rob Fish
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank A Fish, Cambridge, IA. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28636 HL-V "Flying Fish". Lt. Fish is seen here in what is almost certainly a replacement for Brig.Gen. Murray C Woodbury's razorback P-47D 42-8372 "Piccadilly Pete" as 66th Fighter Wing HQ a/c were parked near the Duxford Control Tower and therefore readily accessible for photos to be taken. Serial number of this NMF Bubbletop is currently unknown.

Photo: Rob Fish
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Dwight E Wilkes, Crocker, MO. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6246 HL-F. Artwork on the port side of this a/c was of "Sweet Pea" from the Popeye cartoon strip.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Franklin R Pursell. Maywood, IL. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 43-25528 HL-H “Noamie Vee”. Pilot seen in shot is Lt. Peter W Klaassen of Detroit, MI who belly-landed it on 5 September 1944. After repair the a/c was reissued to the 23rd FS of 36th FG where, as 7U-P, it was lost in action on 19 March 1945.

Photo: National Archives
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Foy E Higginbottom. Ferndale, MI. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76587 HL-Q “Thrup’ny Bit”.

Photo: Garry Fry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Foy E Higginbottom. Ferndale, MI. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76587 HL-Q “Thrup’ny Bit”.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Foy E Higginbottom. Ferndale, MI. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11625.

Photo: Garry Fry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Foy E Higginbottom. Ferndale, MI. 83rd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11625.

Photo: Garry Fry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ross (NMI) Orr. Dothan, AL. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26640 WZ-X.

Photo: James Hatcher
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ross (NMI) Orr. Dothan, AL. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26640 WZ-X. Lt. Orr was killed in action on 1 July 1944 whilst flying this a/c. Crew members currently unknown.

Photo: James Hatcher
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack J Bernhard. New York, NY. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8505 MX-K_ “Smilin’ Jack II”.

Photo: Garry Fry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack J Bernhard. New York, NY. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8505 MX-K_ “Smilin’ Jack II”. Crew member in shot is currently unknown.

Photo:
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Alfred F Eaton. Holly Bluff, MS. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26682 WZ-U “Ozark Queen”. Capt. Eaton named his a/c in honour of his wife whose portrait appears alongside the name.

Photo: National Archives
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Alfred F Eaton. Holly Bluff, MS. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26682 WZ-U “Ozark Queen”. On the left is crew chief S/Sgt. John Saviks of Colorado Springs, CO. Other crew member seen on the right is currently unknown.

Photo: Garry Fry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Alfred F Eaton. Holly Bluff, MS. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26682 WZ-U “Ozark Queen”.

Photo: Garry Fry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Alfred F Eaton. Holly Bluff, MS. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26682 WZ-U “Ozark Queen”.

Profile by Nick King
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ross (NMI) Orr. Dothan, AL. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26640 WZ-X.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ross (NMI) Orr. Dothan, AL. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26640 WZ-X.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified P-47 said to belong to the 78th FG Clobber College and possibly coded HL-L of the 83rd. However, as the following photo is from the same source, it could very well be MX-L of 82nd.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk An interesting photo. P-47D 42-75151 was known to have been MX-L with the 82nd Fighter Squadron at one time and transferred to HQ 1st Combat Wing where the codes were retained. It is possible that this photo was taken after the transfer took place as it was known to have been stationed with the 91st BG at Bassingbourn. It must be acknowledged though that the tiny area of the squadron code letters visible through the dropped flaps look more likely to be HL of the 83rd. Hopefully the fullness of time will resolve this one!

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert B Abernathy. Glen Alpine, NC. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11653 MX-M. Lt. Abenathy seen here with his crew chief and assistant crew chief, names currently unknown.

Photo: Maj. Gene McFalls
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert B Abernathy. Glen Alpine, NC. 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11653 MX-M.

Photo: Maj. Gene McFalls
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Quince L Brown. Bristow, OK. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74753 WZ-J "Okie". This P-47 is also illustrated higher up in this gallery but has undergone a repaint of some of the markings. Note the crosses replacing swastikas and the area where they had been painted out as well as the missing loco in this shot. Maj. Brown was lost on 6 September 1944 in 44-19569 WZ-Z “Okie III” when be bailed out near Schleider having been hit by flak and was subsequently murdered by civilians.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank E Oiler, 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75429 WZ-S "Eileen".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank E Oiler, 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75429 WZ-S "Eileen".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Still bearing the “Eileen” artwork of Lt. Frank E Oiler, P-47D 42-75429 is seen here at Boxted in November 1944 after transfer to the 56th Fighter Group. Squadron allocation and code is currently unknown.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank E Oiler, 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28878 WZ-S "Eileen".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank E Oiler, 84th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63209 WZ-S "Sherman Was Right!".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. H V Wingfield. 84th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Wingfield, seen here in the front row beneath the left prop blade, hands clasped between legs, managed to fly four operational missions before war’s end and was subsequently transferred to the 55th FG for occupation duty. See 55th FG gallery.

Photo: Jon Wingfield
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Quince L Brown, Bristow, OK. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74753 WZ-J “Okie”.

Photo: Fred Mussard
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Warren G Straley, Williamsport, OH. 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8243 WZ-K.

Photo: Straley Family
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William S Orvis Jr., Stockton, CA. 82nd Fighter Squadron. Lt. Orvis was killed in action on 28 May 1944 in P-47D 42-76318 MX-W. It is not known if this was his assigned a/c.

Photo: John Coates
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John E Euler, Pittsburgh, PA. 83rd Fighter Squadron, P-51K 44-11557 HL-L.

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John E Euler, Pittsburgh, PA. 83rd Fighter Squadron, P-51K 44-11557 HL-L.

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John E Euler, Pittsburgh, PA. 83rd Fighter Squadron, P-51K 44-11557 HL-L. Photo shows detail of crew panel. Crew Chief was S/Sgt. Roderick H Wallace, Sault Ste. Marie, MI; Assistant Crew Chief was Cpl. Sidney P Forbes, Wilson, NC; and Armorer Sgt. Ernest N Tarrant, Los Angeles, CA. Seen in background is P-51K 44-11563 HL-N “Boston Blackie”, previously "The Brat" of Lt. Edwin H Miller, Carson City, NV., the pilot of which is currently unknown.

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Watson R Gabriel, Newton, NC. 83rd Fighter Squadron, P-51K 44-11625 HL-M. P-51D in shot is 44-63683 HL-G "Punker".

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Watson R Gabriel, Newton, NC. 83rd Fighter Squadron, P-51K 44-11625 HL-M.

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Watson R Gabriel, Newton, NC. 83rd Fighter Squadron, P-51K 44-11625 HL-M. Detail of crew panel showing Crew Chief to be T/Sgt. Joseph B Bawolek, Pottsville, PA; Assistant Crew Chief Cpl. Theodore E Parker, Keene, NH; and Armorer Pfc. William F DenDoorven, Detroit, MI.

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Watson R Gabriel, Newton, NC. 83rd Fighter Squadron, P-51K 44-11625 HL-M. Seen from L-R are Crew Chief, T/Sgt. Joseph B Bawolek, Lt. Gabriel and Assistant Crew Chief, Cpl. Theodore E Parker.

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Seen with his charge P-51K 44-11625 HL-M is Crew Chief T/Sgt. Joseph B Bawolek, Pottsville, PA.

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Posing nicely alongside the outlined rudder of P-51K 44-11625 HL-M is Assistant Crew Chief, Cpl. Theodore E Parker (L) and Crew Chief T/Sgt. Joseph B Bawolek, (R).

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Sitting on the wing root of P-51K 44-11625 HL-M is Assistant Crew Chief, Cpl. Theodore E Parker. Modelers should take note of the extent of wear on the 78th FG markings in view, also the differential droop of the main undercarriage doors as the hydraulic pressure bleeds off after engine shutdown.

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Watson R Gabriel, Newton, NC. 83rd Fighter Squadron, P-51K 44-11625 HL-M. Port side view of aircraft.

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Watson R Gabriel, Newton, NC. 83rd Fighter Squadron, P-51K 44-11625 HL-M. Starboard side view of aircraft.

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Well known photo of the 78th aircraft lined up for end of war review but worth showing here as this print is better quality than usually seen. In foreground is 82nd Fighter Squadron’s P-51D 44-72352 MX-Y “Cutie III” of Capt. Ivan H Keatley, Ada, OK.

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Second well known photo of the 78th line-up, this one taken from the 83rd Fighter Squadron row and showing the tail of Capt. Keatley’s P-51D. Next in line is Capt. Huie Lamb’s P-51K 44-11631 MX-V “Etta Jeanne II”, followed by P-51K 44-11620 MX-H “Pedro’s Boy”. Next comes P-51D 44-15693 MX-L of Lt. James E Parker and the last one identifiable is P-51D 44-72205 MX-X "Sweet Hart" of Capt. Donald C Hart.

Photo: Lt. Watson Gabriel via Thomas Gabriel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Next in the series shows the line of 84th Fighter Squadron Mustangs. The tail of 83rd FS P-51K 44-11563 HL-N “Boston Blackie” can be seen in the right foreground.

Photo: National Archives
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Last in the series of the line-up photos shows 83rd FS aircraft placed between the other two squadrons. The front area of 44-11563 HL-N “Boston Blackie” is evident.

Photo: National Archives
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles P London, Long Beach, CA. 83rd Fighter Squadron, P-47C 41-6335 HL-B “El Jeepo”. Note the “Jeep” cartoon character within the shield, which appeared on both sides of the fuselage.

Photo: Keith Philpott
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lawrence “Larry” W Nelson, Warren, OH. 82nd Fighter Squadron, P-47D 42-28455 MX-L “The Flying Falcon”.

Photo: Lt. Larry Nelson
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lawrence “Larry” W Nelson, Warren, OH. 82nd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-15745 MX-T “Heavenly Body”. On Lt. Nelson completing his tour, this a/c was reassigned to Lt. Bourque who retained the name.

Photo: Lt. Larry Nelson
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lawrence “Larry” W Nelson, Warren, OH. 82nd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-15745 MX-T “Heavenly Body”. Lt. Nelson seen here with his crew: (L-R on wing) crew chief S/Sgt. Ismal W Boase, Dallas TX; assistant crew chief St. Eugene Carter, Hoopeston IL; and armorer Sgt. John A Sasseman, Selinsgrove PA.

Photo: Lt. Larry Nelson
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. John D Landers, Joshua, TX. Headquarters. P-51D 44-72218 WZ-I "Big Beautiful Doll". Perhaps the most well known a/c of the 8th Fighter Command.

Photo: Russell Abbey
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. John D Landers, Joshua, TX. Headquarters. P-51D 44-72218 WZ-I "Big Beautiful Doll".

Profile: Zbigniew Kolacha
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert L Bosworth, Oskaloosa, IA., 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26387 MX-W “Miss Behave”. Seen from L-R in this shot are Sgt. Thomas N Hanrahan, Hollywood, CA., armorer; S/Sgt. Alfred J Turrow, Logan, WV., crew chief and Lt. Bosworth.

Photo: Anthony Plowright
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert L Bosworth, Oskaloosa, IA., 82nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26387 MX-W “Miss Behave”. Same personnel as in previous photo with Sgt. Hanrahan on the left, S/Sgt. Turrow in the middle and Lt. Bosworth on the right. Interesting photo as it shows the code to be (MX)-W and not W/ as normally reported.

Photo: Anthony Plowright
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D 42-7882 HL-H “Sabotage Jr” of 83rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned pilot currently unknown.

Photo: Anthony Plowright
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard N Dunham, Camillus, NY, 82nd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-15716 MX-P.

Photo: Richard Dunham via Dick Shaner
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard N Dunham, Camillus, NY, 82nd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-15716 MX-P.

Photo: Richard Dunham via Dick Shaner
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard N Dunham, Camillus, NY, 82nd Fighter Squadron, P-47D 42-74650 MX-Z. From the annotation by Lt. Dunham on the photo, it appears that this was his assigned a/c. He states that “This the a/c that Lt. Schneider got shot down in. (MX-Z) My replacement P-47 was a newer model (MX-E)”. I have no record of Lt. Schneider being shot down unless it refers to a crash landing involving 42-74650 at RAF Ford on 13 August 1944 and it was assigned to Lt. Dunham following repair?

Photo: Richard Dunham via Dick Shaner
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Hubert "Bill" Davis, Shoreham, NY, 83rd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-63864 HL-W "Twilight Tear".

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dixie G Jackson, Ringling, OK., 82nd Fighter Squadron, P-47C 41-6222 MX-J “Mud Creeker” named from the muddy creek at his ranch back home in Ringling. From the crew panel, the crew chief on MX-J is given as T/Sgt. Donald J Deyoe, of Excelsior, MN., but the crew member seen with Lt. Jackson wears a jacket with the name Carter on it.

Photo: Joni Jackson-Malavasi
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dixie G Jackson, Ringling, OK., 82nd Fighter Squadron, P-47C 41-6222 MX-J “Mud Creeker”. Lt. Jackson was killed flying this aircraft on 14th July 1943, while escorting bombers attacking Amiens airfield and engaging FW190s.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Herbert L Boyle, Covington, KY., 84th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Boyle poses for the standard publicity photo in front of WZ-Z.

Photo: Herbert L Boyle via Tom Ivie
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Herbert L Boyle, Covington, KY., 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8667 WZ-Kbar. This was Lt. Boyle’s first assigned aircraft and it is not known if any artwork was applied.

Photo: Herbert L Boyle via Tom Ivie
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Herbert L Boyle, Covington, KY., 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26624 WZ-J “Old Smoothy”.

Photo: Herbert L Boyle via Tom Ivie
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Herbert L Boyle, Covington, KY., 84th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26624 WZ-J “Old Smoothy”. The artwork of the penguin in a tuxedo and top hat with two red circles was repeated on both hub caps. The name on the fuselage was black.

Photo: Herbert L Boyle via Tom Ivie
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Pfc. Ralph C Dawsey, Logtown, MS., 989th Military Police Company at Station 357, Duxford, 1944. Ralph can be seen in the back row, 4th from left on P-47D 43-25528 HL-H “Noamie Vee” of 83rd FS. This a/c was belly landed at Duxford on 5th September 1944 by Lt. Peter Klaassen – see photo higher up page.

Photo: Linda Cannon
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Levi W Smith, San Antonio, TX, 82nd Fighter Squadron. Lt. Smith served with the 82nd FS between 27th June and 19th November 1944. Research is ongoing to find P-47s assigned to him.

Photo: Jane Bonny
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Levi W Smith, San Antonio, TX, 82nd Fighter Squadron. Lt. Smith is seen here using Brig.Gen. Murray C Woodbury’s P-47D 42-26648 "Piccadilly Pete II" as a background. The checks seen on this HQ, 66th Fighter Wing aircraft were made up from a combination of the various colours used by the Groups within the wing.

Photo: Jane Bonny
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Officers of 82nd Fighter Squadron, photographed at Duxford on 5th July 1944.

Photo: Jane Bonny
  


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