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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Donald A Baccus. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8568 OC-I "The Bloody Shaft".

Photo: Capt. Withers
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert E Barnhart. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28664 PI-B "Squirt".

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D 42-74673 OC-P_ "Carmen" (L) "Phyllis" (R) Carmen was Capt. Bergstrom's girlfriend at the time. Phyllis became Mrs Malo. Lt. Malo in the cockpit whilst Capt. Bergstrom looks on.

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk L - R: Capt. Bernard Borelli & Capt. Bertrum E Ellingston 360th Fighter Squadron. Identity of P-51 in this photo is unknown but gives a fine view of the Aeroproducts prop fitted to the P-51K. Capt. Borelli's assigned code was PI-C and Capt. Ellingson's, PI-E.

Photo: Capt. Withers
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William C Brearley. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19939 OC-C "Princess Jocelyn".

Photo: S/Sgt. "Mac" McGillivray
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William C Brearley. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11564 OC-C "Princess Jocelyn". L-R: Unk., Capt. Field, "Mac" McGillivray, Capt. Brearley, Lt. Sonnier.

Photo: S/Sgt. "Mac" McGillivray
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William C Brearley. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11564 OC-C "Princess Jocelyn". Capt. Brearley being congratulated at the end of his tour. L-R:"Mac" McGillivray, Capt. Noel Field (groundstaff), Unk., Capt. Brearley, Lt. Lucien O "Ollie" Sonnier.

Photo: S/Sgt. "Mac" McGillivray
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Orvil L "Ray" Burwell. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14973 PI-D "Lady Doris".

Photo: Capt. Burwell
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Rolfe L Chickering. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8588 OC-K "Gracie".

Photo: Lt. Chickering via Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Rolfe L Chickering. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8588 OC-K "Gracie". Seen here being congratulated by Major Richard A Rann (acting Squadron C.O.) on completion of his tour.

Photo: Lt. Chickering via Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Jack B Cornett. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72432 OC-#.

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William W Cotter. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8492 OC-C "The Falcon". L-R: S/Sgt. Francis H "Mac" McGillvray, c. c.; Lt. Cotter; Corp. Herman S Spencer, radioman, S/Sgt. Robert M Conrad, a.c.c.

Photo: S/Sgt. "Mac" McGillivray
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald J Strait. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15152 QI-T "Jersey Jerk".

Photo: Maj. Strait
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gardner W "Jim" Engel. 359th Fighter Squadron. Seen here in the cockpit of his P-47D 42-76405 OC-P "Maid Marian". Looking on are (L-R) Maj. Mark J Burke and Capt. James H Wadlow Jr.

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gardner W "Jim" Engel. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76405 OC-P "Maid Marian".

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Henry P Laviolette (Left) and Capt. Edward W Pleasant (Centre) both of 360th Fighter Squadron. Other pilot (Right) is Capt. James B Griswold of 359th Fighter Squadron. The P-51K in the shot is 44-11329 QI-# of 361st Fighter Squadron.

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James B Griswold. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8002 OC-N "Lonesome Lee". Named in honour of his wife Lee.

Photo : Capt. Griswold
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Claude J Hackney Jr. 359th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not yet known. Killed in action 26th December 1944 in P-51D 44-15609 OC-#.

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John W "Wild Bill" Crump. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15056 PI-W "Jackie" Artwork is of his pet coyote "Jeep".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Leonard L Loffler. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-73115 QI-C.

Photo: Lt. Loffler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Kenneth J Male. 359th Fighter Squadron.

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Einar A Malmstrom. Group Headquarters. Col. Malmstrom had two P-47Ds assigned 42-22550 and 42-25513. Both coded QI-R and named "Kay (barb) J". The identity of the machine in this photo is uncertain. The name represents - Kay, his wife Katherine, barb (graphic) his daughter Barbara & J, his son James. Col. Malmstrom was brought down by small arms fire whilst straffing Hagenau Airfield, Germany on 23 April 1944 whilst flying 42- 25513 to become a POW. Post war, he lost his life flying jets and Malmstrom AFB is named in his memory.

Photo: Capt. Withers
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert E Barnhart. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15189 PI-B "Margie Darling". Seen here with his wife Margie. This is the photo used for the original artwork on the a/c.

Photo: Capt. Barnhart
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Raymond R Withers. 359th Fighter Squadron. (transfer from 360th FS). P-51D 44-15195 OC-B "Kathleen". Note that S/Sgt Librandi's "Ann" is no longer part of the name due to change of squadron.

Photo: Capt. Withers
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William C Brearley. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11564 OC-C "Princess Jocelyn".

Photo: S/Sgt. "Mac" McGillivray
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William C Brearley. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19939 OC-C "Princess Jocelyn".

Photo: S/Sgt. "Mac" McGillivray
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William C Brearley. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19939 OC-C "Princess Jocelyn".

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Donald A Baccus. Group Headquarters. P-51D 44-14993 OC-G "The Bloody Shaft".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Lee F Richardson. 359th Fighter Squadron. Capt. Richardson (L) seen shaking hands with Maj. Richard A Rann (R) on completion of his tour (Oct 1944). P-47D is his 42-26331 OC-G_ "Slightly Dangerous" which appeared on the starboard cowling.

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Warren C Cooley. 359th Fighter Squadron.P-47D 42-##### OC-H "Lonesome Pole-Cat". (L-R) Lt. Cooley; Sgt. Steve Charuk a.c.c. & S/Sgt. Henry McCombs c.c.

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank A Forsyth. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8588 OC-K "4-F" The cowl with the 4-F marking was removed from Lt Forsyth's earlier P-47 and does not mean the usual "unfit for military service". It was the way that Lt. Forsyth's crew refered to him - meaning "Fearless Fosdick Frank Forsyth. This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Rolfe Chickering who renamed it "Gracie" in honour of his wife.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Glenn Crum. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15177 OC-L "Koyli Renee".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James B Griswold. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8002 OC-N "Lonesome Lee". Capt. Griswold seen here with Sgt. James W Hough, armourer (L) and crew chief S/Sgt. Merten R Greenhalgh "Whitey" (R). Third crew member is a.c.c. Cpl. Robert R Reginski. Artwork of broken (bright red) heart clearly seen in this shot.

Photo: Capt. Griswold
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James B Griswold. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26557 OC-N "Lonesome Lee II".

Photo: Capt. Griswold
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James B Griswold. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15274 OC-N photographed prior to group nose markings being applied. Capt. Griswold did not name this a/c.

Photo: Capt. Griswold
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. James B Griswold. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26557 OC-N "Lonesome Lee II".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Airus E Bergstrom. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74673 OC-P_ "Carmen" (L) "Phyllis" (R).

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward J Malo. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74673 OC-P_ "Carmen" (L) "Phyllis" (R).

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk From L - R: Lt. Edward J Malo pilot, Sgt. Wesley A Crone arm., S/Sgt. Fred D Hodge c.c., S/Sgt. Laurance S Thomas a.c.c., Lt. Airus E Bergstrom pilot. A/c is their second P-47D 42-28845 OC-P_.

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D 42-74673 OC-P_ "Carmen" (L) "Phyllis" (R).

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gardner W "Jim" Engel. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76405 OC-P "Maid Marian".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Paul R Mellinger. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8478 OC-V_. On left is c.c. S/Sgt. Albert S Mason. a.c.c. on right is at present unknown.

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George S Pelletier. 359th Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-28808 OC-X "Mary B".

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Preston W Easley. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76405 OC-Y "The Virginia Squire".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eugene C Turner. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15194 PI-A "Dotty".

Photo: Lt. Turner
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eugene C Turner. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15194 PI-A "Dotty".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward M Nebinger. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-47D "Superbolt" 42-25535 PI-A "Miss Ginny".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert E Barnhart. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15189 PI-B "Margie Darling".

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert E Barnhart. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15189 PI-B "Margie Darling".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Orvil L "Ray" Burwell. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14973 PI-D "Lady Doris".

Photo: Capt. Burwell
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William K Dunn. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15289 PI-D_ "Patty / Alice May".

Photo: Capt. Dunn via Shaun Crump
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William K Dunn. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15289 PI-D_ "Patty / Alice May". On wing from L-R are c.c. S/Sgt. Buren E King, Capt. Dunn, a.c.c. Sgt. Wilder La Fond and arm. PFC Marvin Berger .

Photo: Capt. Dunn via Shaun Crump
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William K Dunn. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15289 PI-D_ "Patty / Alice May" showing the later style of lettering of Patty.

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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Orvil L "Ray" Burwell. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14973 PI-D "Lady Doris".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Preston W Easley. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-52D 44-15333 PI-E "The Virginia Squire".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James A Hickey. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15052 PI-J.

Photo: Lt Hickey via Shaun Crump
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James A Hickey. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15052 PI-J. Close-up of artwork which is Varga's "Lullaby for a Dream" taken from the February 1941 edition of Esquire Magazine.

Photo: Lt Hickey via Shaun Crump
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James A Hickey. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15052 PI-J.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wayne C Gatlin. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14754 PI-L "Sweet 'n Lowdown".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Raymond R Withers. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22535 PI-N "Kathleen Ann". Named for Kathleen, the future Mrs Withers and Ann, the future Mrs Librandi.

Photo: Capt. Withers
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Raymond R Withers. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22535 PI-N "Kathleen Ann". From L - R: Cpl. Glendon C Sawtelle arm., Sgt. George C Goldschmidt a.c.c., Capt. Withers, S/Sgt. Anthony N Librandi c.c. The name "Chris" on the cowling lip was for Sgt. Goldschmidt's girlfriend.

Photo: Capt. Withers
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Raymond R Withers. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22535 PI-N "Kathleen Ann".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Donald F Jones. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15300 PI-O "Milly" (L) "Margaret" (R)

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John C Pidwell. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14925 PI-P_ "Mary Jane".

Photo: Lt. Pidwell
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John C Pidwell. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14925 PI-P_ "Mary Jane".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Philip E Tukey Jr. Group Headquarters. P-51D 44-72435 PI-T.

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert Schmidt. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15056 PI-W "Tar Baby" on re-assignment from Lt. Crump. Note later style spinner markings, rudder colour now behind serial and addition of tail warning radar.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John W "Wild Bill" Crump. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15056 PI-W "Jackie".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert Schmidt. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15056 PI-W "Tar Baby".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 359th Fighter Squadron's ex-POWs on their return to Martlesham Heath pose for a photo on 44-15201 OC-K "Eunie" of Capt. Edward G Rudd. L-R: (On wing) Lt. Roger A Batie; Lt. Warren C Cooley; Maj. Stephen E Tackney (exec.); Capt. Jean D Tarbutton; Lt. Warren H Beach. (Standing) Lt. John D Hull; Lt. Arthur Wong Jr.

Photo: S/Sgt. "Mac" McGillivray
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Sidney H Hewett. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74702 QI-F "Clarkie"

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Sidney H Hewett. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74702 QI-F "Clarkie".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Edward L Faison 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15101 QI-I seen here before application of the coloutful unit markings.

Photo: S/Sgt. "Mac" McGillivray
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eldon L Slanker. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15073 QI-M "The Brunette Bunny". Lt. Slanker was killed in this machine on 12 April 1945 in a mid-air collision with P-47M 44-21184 HV-R flown by Lt. Edwin B Lightfoot who was also killed in the incident.

Photo: Ashley Gant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Howard E Wiggins. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26272 QI-M_ "Angel Eyes". This P-47 was lost on 9 August 1944 with pilot Lt. Robert E Rogers evading. See additional illustration further down page.

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jerome S Thorough "Jerry". 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15071 QI-O (un-named). Crew Chief was Pappy Reynolds.

Photo: Lt. Thorough
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald J Strait. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15152 QI-T "Jersey Jerk" seen here in original markings.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Donald J Strait. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15152 QI-T "Jersey Jerk" in final markings with thin red outline to codes and final tally on cockpit frame.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Richard A Rann. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28675 OC-R.

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eldon L Slanker. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15073 QI-M "The Brunette Bunny", thought to be named for his wife.

Photo: Ashley Gant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Eldon L Slanker. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15073 QI-M "The Brunette Bunny". Lt Slanker photographed here alongside what is thought to be Maj. Donald J Strait's "Jersey Jerk".

Photo: Ashley Gant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D 42-8491 OC-C "Tiger Lil".There was no regular pilot assigned to this a/c and it was named by Crew Chief "Mac" McGillivray after a local girl!

Photo: S/Sgt. "Mac" McGillivray
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D 42-8491 OC-C "Tiger Lil" here seen in full view with Capt. Richardson's 42-26331 OC-G_ "Slightly Dangerous" alongside.

Photo: S/Sgt. "Mac" McGillivray
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eldon F Troge. 359th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not yet known. Officer with back to the camera is Capt. Alfred R Hale.

Photo: Capt. Troge via Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eldon F Troge. 359th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c not yet known.

Photo: Capt. Troge via Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Philip E Tukey Jr. Group Headquarters. P-47D 42-26415 PI-T

Photo: Lt. Malo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Jean D Tarbutton 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26576 OC-C "Vee-T". L-R: S/Sgt. Francis H "Mac" McGillvray, c. c.; Corp. Walter W Kondziela, arm; Capt. Tarbutton.

Photo: S/Sgt. "Mac" McGillivray
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Adolph A Paquet. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15149 PI-Y "Virgy".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Whitaker. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### OC-#. This and the photo following is the same a/c as the OC-W seen in the lower two photos following OC-J. It is possible that this was a post-war assignment to Lt. Whittaker but proof has not yet been established.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Whitaker. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### OC-#. Lt. Whitaker joined the unit in January 1945 and we are trying to determine any assigned a/c that he might have had. In the meantime enjoy this shot of Lt. Whitaker helping us see how the distinctive 356th markings were finished under the nose area.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Wonderfuly atmospheric view from the Martlesham Heath control tower. PI-V "Lorraine" is currently unidentified although this was the name applied to the right side of Capt. Jack Crump's 44- 15056 PI-W "Jackie" as it was his crew chief's girlfriend's name. PI-T behind is 44-14933 "Rugged Rebel". Name and number sound familiar? Not surprising as this a/c was previously Capt. Richard M Dillon's 5E-X "Rugged Rebel" with the 1st Scouting Force.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72432 OC-W "Jackie". This a/c is possibly that of Lt. Jack B Cornett but confirmation is wanted. This and the following photo were taken at either dawn or dusk.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72542 OC-J. No further details on this one so far.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11564 OC-W. This machine was previously OC-C "Princess Jocelyn" of Lt. William C Brearley. Its assignment as "W" is currently unknown.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11564 OC-W. Another nice shot of the a/c seen above. Note though that the red rear-view mirror is now visible and although a "K", a Hamilton Standard prop is fitted.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Whitaker. 359th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Whitaker seen here in the office of an unidentified P-51D

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William R Whitaker. 359th Fighter Squadron.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Officers of the 359th Fighter Squadron. Original caption on this one dates it as March 1945 but unfortunately no names are given. If you can identify anyone at all in this shot, please let me know for future updates.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eldon F Troge. 359th Fighter Squadron. Although Eldon's assigned a/c is unconfirmed, it could well have been this one. P-51K 44-11351 OC-I was at one time assigned to Lt. Frank A Forsyth who rotated home in December 1944. This mishap occurred on 1 June 1945 with Capt. Troge at the controls. It seems that Eldon was unhurt but shaken up to the extent that he tried to light up a cigarette after being released. Fortunately, it was pointed out to him that the entire area was soaked in 100 octane!

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eldon F Troge. 359th Fighter Squadron. View of the cockpit area of 44-11351 showing just how fortunate Eldon was to escape without major injury. As can be seen, the a/c was still coded OC-I.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk This is the 359th Fighter Squadron bar. It must have been a very welcome sight for pilots back at Martlesham Heath after a long mission, even if the bar stools were a little on the "explosive" side.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Nice atmospheric photo from Ross showing the 359th FighterSquadron ready to roll for a mission. The wonderful sound of all those Merlins going at once is something that will most likely never be heard again.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Most likely from the same sequence as the shot above, this one needs no caption! The pilot of OC-J 44-72542 is at present unknown.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15203 OC-X "Nazi Hot Foot". Pilot of this one is currently unknown.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15183 OC-V_ name though to be"Nikki". Pilot of this one is also unknown. This a/c was previously "Bama Baby". of Lt. James B Baker Jr., also coded OC-V_.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Bobby Childers. 359th Fighter Squadron. (transfer from 360th FS). P-51D 44-15195 OC-B. This a/c was previously Capt. Raymond R Withers' "Kathleen" but Maj. Childers' name can now be clearly identified on the canopy rail . Capt. Withers was also a transferee from the 360th FS.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk A nice atmospheric shot of P-51D 44-72288 OC-V. This was previously OC-V "Marge" of Capt. Alfred R Hale and a photograph showing the rabbit cartoon below the cockpit area appears on the "help needed" page.

Photo: Ross Whitaker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George L "Li'l Abner" Yoakum. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76379 QI-G. Lt. Yoakum flew this a/c until September 1944 when he rotated home. It was reassigned to Lt. Harold E Whitmore. See large image for more information.

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Littlefriends.co.uk P-47C 41-6575 "The Old Man" was devoid of unit markings and used as a w/w hack at Martlesham Heath. The two P-51s in the background, although bearing the 356th nose markings, are devoid of squadron markings. A further "B" model, 43-12198 was converted into a two-seater. The photo is said to have been taken at Glatton but is most likely at Martlesham. It is reproduced here courtesy of the 457th BG Association. Their web site can be found at: http://457thbombgroup.org. Thanks go to Ashley Gant for the identifications.

Photo: 457th Bomb Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Variation of 359th Fighter Squadron patch also in use during the war and as seen displayed over the 359th FS bar in the photo above. This patch could also be seen on some flight jackets.

Artwork: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roger A Batie. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15274 OC-N "Moja Halka". This a/c can be seen higher up the page prior to receiving the colourful unit markings. It was reassigned to Lt. Batie when Capt. Griswold rotated home and was lost on 15 March 1945 when Lt. Batie became a POW.

Photo: Helen Menninger (Constable) via Bill Constable
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roger A Batie. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15274 OC-N "Moja Halka". Seen above and in this photo is Miss Helen Menninger who was an American Red Cross girl managing the Aero Club at Martlesham Heath. "Moja Halka" is Polish for "My Helen" and was named in her honour by the assistant crew chief Cpl. Robert R Reginski who is seen in this photo along with Helen.

Photo: Helen Menninger (Constable) via Bill Constable
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Miss Helen Menninger. American Red Cross. The lady behind the name "Moja Halka" as seen in the above two photos. These were obviously taken in December 1944 or January 1945 one of the worst winters on record in the UK.

Photo: Helen Menninger (Constable) via Bill Constable
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roger A Batie. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15274 OC-N "Moja Halka".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Glenn Crum. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15177 OC-L "Koyli Renee".

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Littlefriends.co.uk 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15080 QI-B "Miassis Dragon". Pilot currently unknown. Identification thanks to research by Ashley Gant.

Photo: 457th Bomb Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Thomas K Epley. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15063 QI-E "Toots". Capt. Epley is seen on the right in thie photo with Lt. Eldon L Slanker on the left.

Photo: Ashley Gant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Thomas K Epley. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15063 QI-E "Toots". Poor quality photo but the only one known so far of "Toots" which Capt. Epley named for his sister. The P-51B in the background is the 356th FG two-seater "hack" 43-12198.

Photo: John Epley via Ashley Gant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Movie Star Clark Gable seen at Martlesham Heath. This photo gives a good impression of what day to day life was like on an active base.

Photo: Helen Menninger (Constable) via Bill Constable
  
Littlefriends.co.uk American Red Cross girl Helen Menninger seen with an as yet unidentified crew member of OC-C. Although the serial is not visible, this a/c is most likely P-51K 44-11564 "Princess Jocelyn" of Capt. William C Brearley.

Photo: Helen Menninger (Constable) via Bill Constable
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 361st Fighter Squadron party held on 22 February 1945. ARC girl Miss Helen Menninger is on the right in flowered dress. Other personnel at present unidentified.

Photo: Helen Menninger (Constable) via Bill Constable
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Howard E Wiggins. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26272 QI-M_ "Angel Eyes". This a/c was lost on 9 August 1944 when pilot Lt. Robert E Rogers evaded. Seen here five days earlier, following the mission of 4 August 1944, and congratulating Capt. Wiggins (centre) for downing two Me109s on the mission are (L) his roommate Capt. William S Hurley Jr and (R) Capt. Edward L Faison ("The Flying Frenchman") who each downed an Me109 as well. The replacement a/c for 42-26272 was 42-26534, also QI-M_ "Angel Eyes" This was lost in turn on 18 September 1944 when Capt. Reginald C McDowell also evaded.

Photo: Dave Wiggins
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Howard E Wiggins. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15094 QI-A "Angeleyes III", named for his grade school sweetheart and subsequent wife Edith Wiggins (Rowe). Seen with Capt. Wiggins are Crew Chief S/Sgt. Joe Young and Armorer Cpl. George Fisher.

Photo: Dave Wiggins
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Howard E Wiggins. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15094 QI-A "Angeleyes III"

Photo: Dave Wiggins
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Michael P Yannell. 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-73### PI-Z "Audrey 4th".

Profile: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry C Leyser III. 361st Fighter Squadron. Lt Leyser seen here (2nd left) at Flight School, Maxwell AFB circa 1942. The P-40 "Black Angel" providing the backdrop is currently unidentified.

Photo: The Hope family via Zane Hope
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry C Leyser III. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74649 QI-W "Betty". Photo of Lt. Leyser's assigned a/c is not available but he was flying this one, 42-75549 QI-D on 28 July 1944 when he suffered engine failure on take-off resulting in the crash seen here.

Photo: The Hope family via Zane Hope
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Philip E Tukey Jr. Group Headquarters. P-47D 42-26415 PI-T. Col. Tukey (L) pictured here with Brig. Gen. Jesse Auton in June 1944.

Photo: Bob Snow
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Edward G Rudd. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15201 OC-K “Eunie”.

Photo : Shaun Crump
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Leonard L Loffler. 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-73115 QI-C.

Photo: Lt. Loffler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 361st Fighter Squadron seen in March 1945. Line-up will be added as identities become known.

Photo: Ray Shearer
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Allen Shepard, 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### QI-# “Patricia”.

Photo: Ray Shearer
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Allen Shepard, 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### QI-# “Patricia”.

Photo: Ray Shearer
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James B Baker Jr. 359th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15183 OC-V_ “Bama Baby”.

Photo: Cpl. Daniel E. Reardon (155th Night Photo Squadron 10th PRG)
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harold A Ogden, 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22517 OC-U “Eager Eagle”. From L-R are crew chief S/Sgt. George Schonfeld, armorer Cpl. Glen Sievert, Capt. Ogden and currently unknown assistant crew chief.

Photo: Irvin Schonfeld
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John W "Wild Bill" Crump, Opportunity, WA 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15056 PI-W "Jackie".

Photo: Shaun Crump
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John W "Wild Bill" Crump, Opportunity, WA 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15056 PI-W "Jackie". Interesting photo of “Jackie” seen before the blue diamonds were added to the red background.

Photo: Shaun Crump
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John W "Wild Bill" Crump, Opportunity WA 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15056 PI-W "Jackie". Final look of “Jackie” with the name on the canopy rail smartened up and the red rudder continued behind the serial # rather than the NMF seen in the colour photo higher up the page.

Photo: Shaun Crump
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Casimir F Krowiak, Wayne, MI, 359th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Krowiak did not have an assigned aircraft as he had only joined the 359th FS on 10 April 1944, a mere seventeen days before he was killed in action on 27th; having been downed by a FW190 North-West of Rheims. At the time of his loss, he was flying P-47D 42-76220 OC-V.

Photo: Francine Krowiak
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Nice air-air shot of 360th Fighter Squadron in battle formation giving a good impression of the spacing between the flights and elements. P-51 nearest to camera is PI-T but unfortunately the original is not clear enough for the serial number to be identified.

Photo: Little Friends collection
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George H Schalck 360th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63283 PI-X. This a/c was previously assigned to Lt. Ernest W Corner who named it “Paper Doll”. It is not known if the name was retained by Lt. Schalck.

Photo: Little Friends collection
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas A Cook, Akron, OH, 360th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-15114 PI-G “Akron Angel” named for his future wife, also a resident of Akron.

Photo: Tom Cook
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas A Cook, Akron, OH, 360th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-15114 PI-G “Akron Angel”. Lt. Cook is seen on the left in this photo in front of his “Akron Angel”. The other officer is currently unidentified.

Photo: Tom Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Raleigh S Ragsdale Jr., 360th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-15552 PI-Q “Big Lefty – Little Ann”. Lt. Ragsdale was killed in action flying this a/c on 6 April 1945. He was some 30 miles west of Coblenz when he suffered engine trouble. Being too low to bail out, he bellied in and was killed when the plane flipped on impact.

Photo: Tom Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Raleigh S Ragsdale Jr., 360th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-15552 PI-Q “Big Lefty – Little Ann”. Lt. Ragsdale is seen on the left in this photo with Lt. Thomas A Cook on the right.

Photo: Tom Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Louis R Switzer, 360th Fighter Squadron, P-51K 44-11156 PI-F “Brenda (L) Marge (R)”.

Photo: Tom Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Wilbur R Scheible, 361st Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-15083 QI-F.

Photo: Tom Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Lester F Kress, Rutherford, NJ, 360th Fighter Squadron, P-47D PI-F “Dear Alean” named from the opening of his letters to his girlfriend Alean Brisley. The serial number of this P-47 is currently unknown. Note the difference in the artwork to his 42-76294 seen further down this page.

Photo: Andrew Paspalas
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Louis G Alphonse, Oklahoma City, OK, 359th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8694. Reassigned from Capt. Smith it is uncertain if the proposed name of "Gwen" or "Gwendoline" was applied, or the code changed from OC-R. Lt.Alphonse was killed in action on 14 August 1944 in P-47D 42-8491 OC-C “Tiger Lil”, which at the time was not assigned to any regular pilot and was named by the crew chief S/Sgt. Francis H McGillivray.

Photo: Kathy Alphonse Vick
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D 42-8694 OC-R “Little Texan”. The name “Little Texan” was used by Capt. James B Smith who hailed from San Antonio, TX. It seems that this P-47 was reassigned to Lt. Alphonse following the loss and evasion of Capt. Smith on 8 June in 42-76168, but it is uncertain if the proposed new name “Gwen” or “Gwendolyn” was applied before Lt. Alphonse was himself lost on 14 August.

Photo: Kathy Alphonse Vick
  
Littlefriends.co.uk “Little Texan” seen here having been reassigned to Lt. Louis G Alphonse. Research is still needed to determine whether or not the code was retained until Maj. Rann commenced his second tour and reclaimed the OC-R slot. The crew members in shot are unidentified.

Photo: Kathy Alphonse Vick
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James A Bowers, St. Stevens, SC, 361st Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-15290 QI-V “Swamp Angel” (L) / “Li’l Joe” (R).

Photo: John Bowers
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Shelby N Jett, 361st Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-15666 QI-E/ “Jett Job”. Lt. Jett was unfortunately killed in a training accident post war on 8 July 1945.

Photo: Mike Jett
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Howard E Wiggins, Tunkhannock, PA., 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15094 QI-A "Angeleyes III". On the left is Crew Chief S/Sgt. Joe Young with Assistant Crew Chief Sgt. Nestor Wolfson and Armorer Cpl. George Fisher.

Photo: Dave Wiggins
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Howard E Wiggins, Tunkhannock, PA., 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15094 QI-A "Angeleyes III". Additional view from that seen higher up on this page.

Photo: Dave Wiggins
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert J Upp, Napoleon, OH., 361st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26651 QI-U. This aircraft was previously assigned to Capt. Evert Korhorn, Grand Rapids, MI., until he completed his tour of duty in July 1944.

Photo: Dave Wiggins
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col James N Wood, Riverton, NJ., 361st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 44-19764 QI-S “Blind Date”. This aircraft was involved in a crash-landing with Lt.Col. Wood at the controls on 23 September 1944. The P-47 in the slot position is currently unknown.

Photo: Dave Wiggins
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Pilots checking their flight gear in the Equipment Store. From L-R: Lt. Paul F Morel, Clarksburg, WV.; Lt. Herbert B Hall Jr., Malden, MA; Lt. Paul J Roberts Jr. Santa Barbara, CA. (KIA 7 October 1944); Capt. Howard E Wiggins, Tunkhannock, PA.; Cpl O’Hara.

Photo: Dave Wiggins
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Air and Ground Officers of the 361st Fighter Squadron photographed in May 1944. See enlargement for details of line-up.

Photo: Dave Wiggins
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles E Beck, Los Angeles, CA., 361st Fighter Squadron. Capt. Beck seen here with an unidentified 361st FS P-47 coded either QI-C or QI-G.

Photo: Monty Beck
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles E Beck, Los Angeles, CA., 361st Fighter Squadron. Photographed here with a 359th FS P-47 named “Spoiled Brat”. This a/c was coded OC-P but the serial number is currently unknown.

Photo: Monty Beck
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles E Beck, Los Angeles, CA., 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15343 QI-S “Pat”, named for his wife.

Photo: Monty Beck
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles E Beck, Los Angeles, CA., 361st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15343 QI-S “Pat”, now showing the more formal name “Patricia”.

Photo: Monty Beck
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles E Beck, Los Angeles, CA., 361st Fighter Squadron. Seen here is P-51B 43-6870, a war-weary hack, looking rather forlorn following an engine failure shortly after take-off, suffered by Capt. Beck on 28 May 1945. This particular P-51 gave good service, having been delivered on 2 February 1944 and serving with the 355th FG then the 357th FG before going to the 496th FTG and serving with both the squadrons in that unit.

Photo: Monty Beck
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Wheel hubcap from 359th Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-8491 OC-C “Tiger Lil” recovered from the crash site in France and portraying Ava Gardner. Lt. Louis G Alphonse, Oklahoma City, OK, was killed by friendly fire whilst flying this aircraft on 14th August 1944. It did not have a regularly assigned pilot and was named by its Crew Chief S/Sgt. Francis H “Mac” McGillivray after one of the local girls.

Photo: Daniel Dahiot via Kathy Vick
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Lester F Kress, Rutherford, NJ, 360th Fighter Squadron, P-47D 42-76294 PI-F “Dear Alean” named from the opening of his letters to his girlfriend Alean Brisley. This P-47 was very widely travelled, having seen service with the 78th, 355th and 353rd Fighter Groups as well as the 356th.

Photo: Sean Ellis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Wilbur R “Will”, “Scheib”, Scheible, Akron, OH, 361st Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-15083 QI-F. Maj Scheible and crew seen proudly displaying the Major’s score. This P-51 was eventually recoded to QI-Z.

Photo: Eric Scheible
  


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