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Littlefriends.co.uk F-5C 42-67119 "The Florida Gator". This a/c was lost on 24 July 44 when Lt. Edward W Durst was KIA.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-63228 with the red rudder of 13th Photo Squadron. Group markings of red flash and blue spinner show to advantage. Note that the blue was very dark - almost a match for the post war blue of the national insignia when the red bar was added.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Walter D Shade (Dale). 13th Photo Squadron. Dale seen here in an off duty moment with a somewhat more sedate form of transportation. Note the heavy frost on the ground, something that many American servicemen were not used to contending with.

Photo: Lt Dale Shade via Nigel Dawe
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Wonderfully atmospheric photo of initial 7th PRG C.O. Major James Hall briefing pilots. Lt. Walter Dale Shade is the person obscuring the right fin/rudder of the F-5. Pilot on the far right front, sideways on with hands in pockets, is Lt. Arthur Waldron who was killed 5 February 1944 on a test flight in 42-67326. To the left of the Jeep, wearing flight jacket and "Mae West", is Capt. Howard "Hod" Nielsen who had just returned from a mission and 6th from the left, with his hand on his bicycle is Lt. Louis M. Gilmore who completed 47 missions with the 14th Photo Squadron.

Photo: Lt Dale Shade via Nigel Dawe
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Photo taken by the nose camera of an F5 doing a buzz job on Mount Farm. From the ducking G.I. in centre, it looks like the F5 got even lower!

Photo: Lt Dale Shade via Nigel Dawe
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Walter D Shade (Dale) of 13th Photo Squadron with his P-51D 44-##### "Shutter Bug Chaperon".

Photo: Lt Dale Shade via Nigel Dawe
  
Littlefriends.co.uk F-5C 42-67128 "Dot + Dash" with pilot Lt. Everett Thies and crew chief T/Sgt. Daniel Noble seen on completion of the first shuttle trip to Russia.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk F-5C 42-67128 "Dot + Dash".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Rare shot of an early F-5A, possibly F-5A-3-LO 42-12781 which served with the 22nd Photo Squadron, shipped over with the 7th PRG from Colorado Springs to become their original equipment on arrival in the UK. This F-5 is framed under the wing of Col. Elliott Roosevelt's personal VIP B-17.

Photo: Lt Dale Shade via Nigel Dawe
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Fine shot of an F5 taken from the nose camera of the following F5.

Photo: Lt Dale Shade via Nigel Dawe
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Personnel displaying the unit "Focus Cat" logo of 13th Photo Squadron.

Photo: Lt Dale Shade via Nigel Dawe
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Spitfire PRXI MB950 "Upstairs Maid" seen here with the later group markings of red band below the exhaust stubs and dark blue spinner. Squadron markings were confined to coloured rudders, in this case dark green of 14th Photo Squadron.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Nice shot of Mount Farm as it appeared in 1943 taken by Lt. Dale Shade from an F-5 and processed in the 13th PRS photo lab.

Photo: Lt Dale Shade via Nigel Dawe
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51K 44-11746 of 22nd Photo Squadron displaying that unit's white rudder, albeit not very clearly.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 14th Photo Squadron Spitfire PRXI PA892 "My Darling Dorothy" flown by Lt. Robert Kraft and named for his sister Dorothy. It is seen here in the RAF PRU blue finish before the planes were stripped to natural metal finish with red group marking at the end of the war. The yellow spinner indicated "Yellow Flight" and replaced the previous all plack spinner. The black spinner base plate was however retained. The other Spitfire flight used white spinners.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles J. J. Goffin. 14th Photo Squadron. Lt Goffin was a Belgian citizen from Graide in the province of Namur. He was killed in action on 8 September 1944 in Spitfire PRXI MB952, crashing at Reckange-les-Mersch, Luxembourg; a mere 80 kilometers from his place of birth.

Photo: René; Romainville
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 42-13320 an F5A-10-LO of the 13th Photo Squadron.

Photo: USAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 42-67317 an F5B of the 13th Photo squadron.

Photo: USAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-72149 of the 22nd Photo squadron with a much clearer view of that squadron's white rudder.

Photo: Martin Kyburz - Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk PA841 Spitfire PRXI flown by Maj. Kermit Bliss on five July 1944 missions.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Steven A "Scotty" Scott. 22nd Photo Squadron. Capt. Scott was killed in action on 23 December 1943 in Spitfire Mk XI serial number PA851. Capt. Scott was lost in the North Sea 10 miles East of Southwold. (MACR 6387)

Photo: Jeanney Scott Horn
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Commanding Officers of the 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. Maj. George A Lawson; Maj. Robert R Smith; Capt. Daniel W Burrows and Maj. Troy B McGuire. F-5E is 43-28619 "Ruth". Ruth was lost 26 November 1944 with pilot Irvin J Rickey becoming a POW.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Pilots of 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. Only ones identified so far are Lt. Ellis B Edwards who is standing - third from left with Lt. Claude L Dauster Jr on his left. Lt. Robert B Gillick is in the front row, second left. F-5E is 43-29006 "Sis and Willie" seen in NMF. See photo lower down for original blue haze finish.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. First of three consecutive photos of a "droop snoot" P-38 specially fitted to carry out electronic surveillance work. It seems that three a/c were specially fitted like this and were on detatchment with the 7th PRG. This shot gives a good view of the extra position in the nose and the equipment used.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. Nice front 3/4 view of the electronic surveillance "droop snoot" seen above.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards. 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. Lt. Edwards seen here with the "droop snoot" pictured above which he flew on at least one of the surveillance missions.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Special wireless operators from the 36th Bomb Squadron (H) who provided the expertise in the droopsnoots. (L-R) Lt. William B Stallcup; Capt. Howard Kasch; Lt. Thomas C Holt and Lt. William H Zeidler.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas C Holt. 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lt. William H Zeidler. 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards. 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. F-5E 44-24225. As a general rule, pilots in reconnaissance units did not have individual a/c assigned to them. This particular F-5 was flown by Lt. Edwards on a number of occasions.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards. 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. F-5E 44-24225. "225" is seen here with the later addition of the "shark mouth" design that was to be seen on several a/c in this unit.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. F-5E 44-24225.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Spitfire PRXI MB950 seen in a nice low level fly past.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards. 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. P-51D 44-63690 "Jets Delight".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Troy B McGuire. C.O. 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. F-5E 43-29006 "Sis and Willie" - seen here in the original blue haze finish before being stripped to NMF as seen in the squadron pilots shot above.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 42-12984 an F5A-10-LO of the 22nd Photo Squadron.

Photo: Jeanney Scott Horn
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards. 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. The crew member seen here with Lt. Edwards is currently unknown.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Beal. 27th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Joe Beal. 27th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles H Cole. 13th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jeryl D Crowell. 27th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. Lt. Crowell was killed in action on 24 December 1944 in F-5E 43-29026 due to enemy action near Somme-Leuze, Belgium.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Michael Dembrowski. 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron.

Photo: Lt. Ellis B "Bruce" Edwards via Peggy Edwards
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Mishap to a 14th Photo Squadron Spitfire at Kings Cliffe on 15 January 1945. Spitfire PRXI PL866 was apparently being piloted at the time by Lt. Irving L Rawlings.

Photo: David Knight
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 14th Photo Squadron Engineering Section (1) (L to R) S/Sgt. Harry E. Judson; Sgt. Lloyd V. Koehler; Cpl. Richard A. Thompson; Capt. W A Nelson; M/Sgt. Robert L Steinbach; Sgt. Melvin A. Beltz; Sgt. Sol Cohen.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 14th Photo Squadron Engineering Section (2) (L to R) Kneeling: Sgt. Edgar Knight; T/Sgt. Lester J. Miller; S/Sgt Willie M. Naylor. Standing: Pvt. Benito M Lizardi; M/Sgt. Russell E. Mayden; Lt. R T Wilcox; Lt. O N Nix: CWO B E Porter; S/Sgt. John O Huber; Cpl. Richard A Nelson.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 14th Photo Squadron Engineering Section (3) (L to R) Pfc. Earl I Johnson; Cpl. Raymond Michaels; Pfc. Edward J Polgroszec; Cpl. Peter Paul Saunor; Sgt. Norman L Samples; S/Sgt. W L Johnson.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 14th Photo Squadron Engineering Section (4) (L to R) Kneeling: S/Sgt. Sylvan Saul; T/Sgt. Shade B Kincer; T/Sgt. Edward W Nelson. Standing: Sgt. Arnold A Koskela; Sgt. William G Peterson; Sgt. Samuel C McKinney; Sgt. Cyril L Petty; S/Sgt. John F Campbell; T/Sgt. Neil O Buley.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 14th Photo Squadron Photo Lab (1) (L to R) Kneeling: Cpl. Arturo Delapena; S/Sgt Fred Whitehead. Standing: Cpl. Raymond Chambers; Pfc. Theodore Davis; Pfc. Robert Estberg; Cpl. Joseph Assante.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 14th Photo Squadron Photo Lab (2) (L to R) Kneeling: S/Sgt. James O Robertson; Cpl. Warren Baker. Standing: Cpl. Robert Kline; S/Sgt. John D Falasco; Cpl. Pasquelia Bonanno; Cpl. Robert E Watson.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 14th Photo Squadron Photo Lab (3) (L to R) Kneeling: Cpl. Russel M Dittus: S/Sgt. William T Goetz; Sgt. Ross W Garreth. Standing: Capt. Alan A Buster; S/Sgt. Edward P Ward; Pvt. William R McCarthy; Cpl. Oscar H Venema; Lt. William L Birthright.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 14th Photo Squadron Camera Repair Section (1) (L to R) Kneeling: S/Sgt. Salvatore R Cofoni; S/Sgt. Wallace H Arnold; S/Sgt. Phillip B Johnson. Standing: Sgt. Charles R Russell; Sgt. Charles F Wald; Sgt. Edward S Vasileski; Sgt. Shelton M Gingerich.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 14th Photo Squadron Camera Repair Section (2) (L to R) Sitting: Cpl. Lester N Roberts; Sgt. Harold E Holme; Sgt. Donald R Bilyard. Standing: S/Sgt. Alfred B Devlin; Sgt Ellis A Warren; Pvt. Elza E Parker; S/Sgt. Bernard Brown.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-15736 of 14th PRS seen here following a landing accident at Station 465 Chalgrove on 13 April 1945. Pilot involved was Lt. Marcus F Vaughn.

Photo: Gerry Asher
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wilbur B Eaton, Portland, OR. 14th Photo Squadron. Lt. Eaton completed 12 missions with the PRS flying both F-5s and Spitfires before transferring to the 4th FG along with his good friend Lt. Lloyd G Kingham. Lt. Eaton is seen with 14th PS Commanding Officer Maj. Marshall Wayne. Wayne was a noted diver and won a gold medal for diving at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Lt. Eaton states that Maj. Wayne always came to greet the pilots personally when they returned from a mission.

Photo: Lt. Eaton via Gary Miller
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. F-5E 44-24225 seen in this profile prior to the application of the shark mouth seen higher up in the gallery.

Profile: Zbigniew Kolacha
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. F-5C 42-67119 “The Florida Gator”.

Profile: Zbigniew Kolacha
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. F-5C 42-67115 “All On View”.

Photo: Little Friends Collection
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 27th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. F-5B 42-67379 “Ginger Snap”. This a/c was lost on 13 June 1944 but the pilot Lt. Adam P Timowicz managed to evade capture.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 27th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. F-5B 42-67379 “Ginger Snap”.

Photo: Nathan Howland
  
Littlefriends.co.uk M/Sgt. Ralph A Holmes, Line Chief, 27th Photo Squadron. M/Sgt. Holmes seen here with F5-C 42-67107. What appears to be bad weathering on the aircraft is due to the original camouflage starting to show through the blue top coat.

Photo: The Estate of M/Sgt. Ralph A Holmes
  
Littlefriends.co.uk F5-E 43-29027 of 27th Photo Squadron seen here with the squadron’s yellow spinners before these were superseded by the Group colours of dark blue spinners and red stripe to the nacelles. Lighter blue to the top of the tail boom is most likely due to the painting out of the invasion stripes to the upper surfaces, which would date the photo to some time just after 4th July 1944.

Photo: The Estate of M/Sgt. Ralph A Holmes
  


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