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Taken at Metfield in February 1944, this publicity shot records the staged meeting of the then two leading aces of the 8th - (L) Maj. Walker M Mahurin of the 56th FG's 63rd FS and (R) the 353rd's Maj. Walter C Beckham from the 351st FS. This must have been taken prior to the 22 February as Maj. Beckham was hit by flak to become a POW on that date. Maj. Mahurin followed suit being downed on 27 March near Chartres but managed to evade capture.

Photo: Bob Bryant

 

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