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56th Fighter Group Gallery


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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

 

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