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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Donald R Emerson, Joliette, ND. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13317 VF-B. Airplane being flown on this occasion by Maj. Freddie Glover.

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk F/O. Donald P Baugh, Sioux City, IA. 336th Fighter Squadron. F/O. Baugh seen here with his crew chief S/Sgt Neal Gallagher and their P-51D 44-14552 VF-U, a replacement for Lt. Chandler's 44-14388 which was reassigned to F/O. Baugh.

Photo: Neal Gallagher via John Gallagher
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph H Joiner, Corpus Christi TX. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13630 VF-R " The Rebel". Photo taken before the "The" was removed from the name.

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph L Lang, Boston MA. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14123 QP-Z. Killed in action 14 October 1944.

Photo: via Forrest Williams
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Calvin H Beason, Anderson IN. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14518 QP-P "NAD" Named after his wife Nadaline.

Photo: Lt. Beason via Steve Zukus
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles W DuPree, Stillwater OK. 336 Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14527 VF-S "Sack Queen" S/Sgt Neal Gallagher looks on from right while Capt. Donald J Pierini tries the cockpit for size.

Photo: Neal Gallagher via John Gallagher
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. DuPree seen with the result of his brushwork.

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Pilots of the 336th being transported to their a/c for the first leg of the Russia Shuttle Mission (21 June - 5 July 1944). For names of individuals please see linked enlargement.

Photo: National Archives 53360 AC via Wilco Gorter
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Littlefriends.co.uk 336th Pilots photographed on their return from the Shuttle Mission. P-51 in background is unidentified but the name on the cowling is "Millie M'Love". For names of individuals please see enlargement.

Photo: James C Lane (Jr)
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George C Smith, Los Angeles CA. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103602 VF-C "Connie".

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Smith's replacement a/c, P-51D 44-14350 VF-C "Connie II".

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Woodrow "Woody" F Sooman, Republic WA. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6192 VF-D "Lollapoluza". Left: S/Sgt Glesner Weckbacher c.c. Right: S/Sgt John Wilson a.c.c.The 200 gallon drop tank was the first type used by the Group, complete with statement concerning Herr Hitler's suspected ancestry.

Photo: Neal Gallagher via John Gallagher
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gilbert W Hunt "Mike". Hayes KS. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### VF-F "Judy II".

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John P "Tiger" Murchake, Annapolis, MD. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-64142 VF-G "Tiger Baby". Not so good quality photo but more than welcome for that lovely nose art!"

Photo: Stephen Murchake
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Donald J Pierini, Trenton NJ. 336th Fighter Squadron P-51D 44-14277 VF-H "Jersey Bounce III". Photo of aircraft just after delivery and taken from a B-24 on photo shoot over Bassingbourn.

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Donald J Pierini, Trenton NJ. 336th Fighter Squadron P-51D 44-14277 VF-H "Jersey Bounce III". Photo aquatinted b&w taken at her hardstand at Debden, showing later markings just prior to Capt. Pierini's tour finished.

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Donald J Pierini, Trenton NJ. 336th Fighter Squadron 44-14277 VF-H "Jersey Bounce III".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Reuben Simon, Los Angeles CA. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106673 VF-K "Hey Rube!".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Pilot at present unknown. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6197 VF-Q.

Photo: Neal Gallagher via John Gallagher
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joiner's replacement P-51D 44-14548 VF-R "Rebel".

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph H Joiner, Corpus Christi TX. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13630 VF-R " The Rebel".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph H Joiner, Corpus Christi TX. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13630 VF-R "Rebel".

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Francis M "Lefty" Grove, Glen Cove NY. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15375 VF-T.

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Starboard side of Lefty's P-51.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Willard W "Millie" Millikan, Rockport MO. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6180 VF-U "Missouri Mauler". Crew member unknown, possibly a.c.c.

Photo: Neal Gallagher via John Gallagher
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Willard W "Millie" Millikan, Rockport MO. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24769 VF-U "Missouri Mauler". Millie became a POW in this a/c on 30 May 1944 following a mid-air collision with Lt. Sam Young in 43-24787 who also became a POW.

Photo: Neal Gallagher via John Gallagher
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Willard W "Millie" Millikan, Rockport MO. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24769 VF-U "Missouri Mauler". Photo shows Millikan's crew chief S/Sgt. Neal Gallagher assisting him from the cockpit at the end of a mission. Note that the main undercarriage doors are still tightly closed indicating that the engine has just been switched off and hydraulic pressure has not yet started to bleed down. Crew member in foreground as yet unknown.

Photo: Neal Gallagher via John Gallagher
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Willard W "Millie" Millikan, Rockport MO. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B almost certainly also named "Missouri Mauler". Note NMF finish to canopy side bars!

Photo: Neal Gallagher via John Gallagher
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry E Dugan Jr., Denver CO. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13575 VF-V "Penny".

Photo: D.F. Pierini
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harry E Dugan Jr., Denver CO. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13575 VF-V "Penny" confirming the a/c details given above.

Photo: Martin Kyburz - Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Warren H "Willie" Williams. Chicago IL. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13315 VF-W "Djigooblie II".

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Warren H "Willie" Williams. Chicago IL. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13315 VF-W "Djigooblie II". Djigooblie II undergoing maintenance. Crew member at present unknown.

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Phillip H "Pappy" Dunn, Vancouver WA. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7933 VF-Y "Miss Skippy" also had "Pappy" below cockpit.

Photo: Neal Gallagher via John Gallagher
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank C Bonds, Fresno CA. 336th Fighter Squadron with P-51D 44-13325 VF-Z (not his assigned a/c).

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk "Col. Don" about to take off for a mission.

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Donald J. M. "Col. Don" Blakeslee, Fairport Harbor OH. 4th FG Headquarters Squadron. P-51D 44-13779 WD-C.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John W Goodwyn, Saginaw MI. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6718 WD-R "The Mary "A" II" named for his wife to be, Mary Alice Greene. Capt Goodwyn finished his tour in September and wasted little time in marrying Mary "A" on 11 November 1944. Note that the two nose panels do not match up!

Photo: Lt.C E "Chuck" Konsler 335th via Mike Mucha
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Cecil E Manning, Lake Providence LA. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-47C in photo is not his assigned aircraft. Only known assigned aircraft is P-51B 43-6887 WD-H. Information needed please.

Photo: Randy Manning
  
Littlefriends.co.uk "The Mary "A" II" showing port side.

Photo: Edward B Richie, CWO 4th Fighter Group
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Van E Chandler, Rices Landing, PA. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14388 VF-U "Wheezy".

Photo: D.F. Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Timothy J "Tim" Cronin. Oconomowoc, WI. 334th FS. P-51D 44-14110 QP-R "Sprutz".

Lt.Col. Timothy J Cronin
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Timothy J "Tim" Cronin. Oconomowoc, WI. 334th FS. P-51D 44-14110 QP-R "Sprutz". Sprutz seen here on her Debden hardstanding. QP-Q in the background is currently unidentified.

Lt.Col. Timothy J Cronin
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Timothy J "Tim" Cronin. Oconomowoc, WI. 334th FS. P-51D 44-14110 QP-R "Sprutz". This shot taken from the other direction with QP-Q in the foreground. 44-14110 was later reassigned to Lt. Kenneth G Helfrecht who named it "Georgie".

Lt.Col. Timothy J Cronin
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Timothy J "Tim" Cronin. Oconomowoc, WI. 334th FS. P-51D 44-14110 QP-R "Sprutz".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Donald J. M. "Col. Don" Blakeslee, Fairport Harbor OH. 4th FG Headquarters Squadron, ex 411 and 401 (Canadian) Squadrons RAF and 133 Eagle Squadron.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Oscar H Coen, Marion, IL. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6413 QP-V.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Nice artwork sent in by Bob Watkins from his book "Battle Colors Vol 2". The famous Disney fighting Eagle, affectionately known as the "Boxing Chicken" is well represented along with the Eagle Squadron patch.

Artwork: Robert Watkins
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Herbert J Blanchfield, Paterson, NJ. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6187 QP-E "Uncle Den". Please also see the "Help Needed" page concerning this one.

Photo: Alan Griffith
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George E Mirsch. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6571 VF-B "The Earl". Seen with their charge are crew chief S/Sgt. L Jones and assistant crew chief Sgt. M Farrel.

Photo: Alan Griffith
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert S Sherman, Talcotville, CT. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-7002 QP-D "The Mighty Mite". Crew member in shot is crew chief S/Sgt. George Russell. Please also see the "Help Needed" page concerning this one.

Photo: Alan Griffith
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ralph L "Kidd" Hofer, Salem MO. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex RCAF. P-47C 41-6413 QP-L "The Missouri Kid - Sho Me".

Photo: Berry Davis
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ralph L "Kidd" Hofer, Salem MO. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex RCAF. P-51B 42-106924 QP-L "Salem Representative". Kidd seen here in the well known photo of him wearing his distinguishing "number 78" football jersey.

Photo: Berry Davis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Donald S Gentile, Piqua, OH. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 431-6913 VF-T "Shangri-La"

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Donald S Gentile, Piqua, OH. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 431-6913 VF-T "Shangri-La"

Photo: Peter Glover
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Pierce W McKennon, Fort Smith AR. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14221 WD-A "Ridge Runner III". The sequence of Maj. McKennon's series of a/c named Ridge Runner is still the subject of research. This one is certainly not number "IV" as the rear view mirror, panel on canopy rail and number of victory markings are significantly different from the next photo.

Photo: George Gosney
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Pierce W McKennon, Fort Smith AR. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72308 WD-A "Ridge Runner IV".

Photo: George Gosney
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles W DuPree, Stillwater OK. 336 Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14527 VF-S "Sack Queen". Sack Queen seen here at Station 131 Nuthampstead.

Photo: Nuthampstead Airfield Research Society
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard D McMinn, Salt Lake City. UT. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6204 "04". 4th FG P-47s originally carried the "last two" of the serial number for identification. "04" was later to become QP-M. At some stage, the rear fuselage was repainted (see "Escort to Berlin) and was lost with Capt. McMinn on 15 April 1943. McMinn was hit by a FW-190 and crashed into the North Sea 20 miles East of Felixtowe.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ralph L "Kidd" Hofer, Salem MO. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex RCAF. P-51B 42-106924 QP-L "Salem Representative".

Photo: Bruce Zigler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John P "Tiger" Murchake, Annapolis, MD. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-64142 VF-G "Tiger Baby". Photo showing better detail of the nose art than can be seen in the photo earlier on the page, courtesy of the late Capt. Francis M "Lefty" Grove.

Photo: Bruce Zigler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank E Speer. Albertis, PA. 334th FS. P-51B 43-6957 QP-M "Turnip Termite". Original artwork was by Don Allen to Frank's idea of the Dogpatch character that destroyed all in its path.

Photo: Frank E Speer
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank E Speer. Albertis, PA. 334th FS. P-51B 43-6957 QP-M "Turnip Termite".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Albert J Schlegel. Cleveland, OH. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6770 WD-O.

Photo: Dennis Vonderau
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Albert J Schlegel. Cleveland, OH. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6770 WD-O. Capt. Schlegel crash-landed this a/c on 4 March 1944 as can be seen in the photo. When repaired 43-6770 was recoded to WD-G_ and was lost with Lt. Robert W Little who became a POW on 18 June 1944.

Photo: Dennis Vonderau
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Albert J Schlegel. Cleveland, OH. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106464 WD-O. Capt. Schlegel is seen here in the cockpit of what was most likely the replacement for the a/c that suffered the belly landing. Capt. Schlegel was finally killed in action, being hit by flak over Strasbourg, France on 28 August 1944 in his P-51D 44-14066 WD-O.

Photo: Dennis Vonderau
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Donald J. M. "Col. Don" Blakeslee, Fairport Harbor, OH. 4th FG Headquarters Squadron, ex 411 & 401 (Canadian) Squadrons RAF and 133 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47D 42-78673 WD-C.

Photo: 4th FG Association via Bruce Zigler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Donald J. M. "Col. Don" Blakeslee, Fairport Harbor, OH. 4th FG Headquarters Squadron, ex 411 & 401 (Canadian) Squadrons RAF and 133 "Eagle" Squadron. P-51B 43-6437 WD-C. Note that the original white noseband on this a/c has now been replaced by the Group's red band.

Photo: 4th FG Association via Bruce Zigler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 334th Fighter Squadron P-51B 43-6717 QP-V. Pilot details of this a/c as QP-V are currently unknown. Previously it had been coded QP-S and assigned to both Capt. Robert L Hills and Capt. David W Howe at different times.

Photo: Anthony Plowright
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ben L Griffin. Jacksonville, FL. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14277 VF-H "Marion", named after Lt. Griffin's wife. This a/c was previously Lt. Pierini's "Jersey Bounce III" and was lost on 16 April 1945 when Lt. Griffin was hit by flak to become a POW for a very short period!

Photo: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Conrad J Netting III. San Antonio, TX. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106669 VF-S "Conjon IV" named for his son Conrad John Netting IV. Lt. Netting was hit by flak and killed in action flying this a/c on 10 June 1944.

Photo: 339th FG Association via Steve Ananian
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Chesley G Peterson, Santaquin, UT. Commanding Officer 4th Fighter Group. Former 71 Eagle Squadron member.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Chesley G Peterson, Santaquin, UT. Group Commanding Officer. Col Peterson seen here in Spitfire Vb XR-Z of 334 Sqdn. In the Jeep are (L-R) Bob Boock; Oscar Coen; Abe O'Regan; Dick McMinn; Jim Clark and Stan Anderson.

Photo: Mrs. Vernon Boehle
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Archie W "Chat" Chatterley, San Diego, CA. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex RAF. P-47C 41-6358 QP-G "California or Bust". Lt Chatterley is seen in this "publicity" photo with Steve Pisanos' P-47D 42-7945 QP-D "Miss Plainfield".

Photo: Bruce Zigler
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Gerald E "Monty" Montgomery, Littlefield, TX. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex RCAF. Maj. Montgomery had three P-51Ds 44-14119; 44-15326 and 44-72382 all coded QP-H and named "Sizzlin' Liz". The one in this shot is not currently known.

Photo: Julie Haynes
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Howard D "Deacon" Hively, Athens OH. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7874 QP-J "The Deacon". The Deacon is seen here with Duke, the German Sheppard normally seen hanging around with Kidd Hofer.

Photo: 4th FG Association
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Howard D "Deacon" Hively, Athens, OH. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-51B 43-6898 QP-J "The Deacon". This photo was taken the morning of the Russia Shuttle Mission.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Victor J France, Oklahoma City, OK. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-51B 43-6832 QP-K "Miss Dallas". Capt France is seen here with his crew chief and well known nose-art artist S/Sgt Don Allen.

Photo: Don Allen
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Grover C Siems Jr., Woodside, NY. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13322 QP-O "Gloria III". Photograph taken in June 1944.

Photo: Timothy Kirkup
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Vernon A Boehle, Indianapolis, IN. 334th Fighter Squadron. Capt. Boehle was an ex-71 "Eagle" Squadron member.

Photo: Mrs. Vernon Boehle
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Vernon A Boehle, Indianapolis, IN. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47C 41-6400 QP-O "Indianapolis". Later the word "Indiana" was added under the name. This is the A/C that lost its engine on 9 September 1943 causing Vern to ditch into the Channel 45 miles south of Beachy Head. He spent 48 hours in his dinghy before being rescued.

Photo: Mrs. Vernon Boehle
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Shelton W "Shell" Monroe, Waycross, GA. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13411QP-Q.

Photo: Julie Haynes
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. James A Clark Jr., Westbury, NY. 334th Fighter Squadron Commanding Officer and ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. Col. Clarke was later transferred to the HQ unit. P-51B 43-6560 QP-W. Col Clark also had a P-51B 42-106650 QP-W with HQ.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ted E Lines, Mesa, AZ. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-7172 WD-H "Thunderbird".

Photo: Marjean Lines
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ted E Lines, Mesa, AZ. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-7172 WD-H "Thunderbird". Capt. Lines is seen on the right in this photo with Lt. Oscar R Jones, of Baton Rouge, LA on the left.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ted E Lines, Mesa, AZ. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13555 WD-D "Thunderbird". This is the first of two D models assigned to Capt. Lines who was "A" Flight Commander.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ted E Lines, Mesa, AZ. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14570 WD-D "Thunderbird". This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Konsler when Capt. Lines rotated home.

Photo: Sy Koenig
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ted E Lines, Mesa, AZ. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14570 WD-D "Thunderbird". Good close-up showing the Thunderbird noseart with the unique style of kill markings adopted by Capt. Lines.

Photo: Sy Koenig
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ted E Lines, Mesa, AZ. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14570 WD-D "Thunderbird".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles E "Chuck" Konsler, Utica, KY. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14570 WD-D. Lt. Konsler seen in the cockpit with the arrow being the only reminder of the a/c's former identity. This a/c started out as one of Pierce McKennon's series of a/c named "Ridge Runner" before being reassigned to Ted Lines and then on to Chuck Konsler. It was finally reassigned to Lt. Robert L Couse when Chuck finished his tour of duty.

Photo: Chuck Konsler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles E "Chuck" Konsler, Utica, KY. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14570 WD-D. Interesting front 3/4 view of this a/c to compare with "Thunderbird" above. Note that it now wears the short-lived extended red nose band but the rudder now wears the 336th's final scheme of black-outlined white.

Photo: Chuck Konsler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Pierce L Wiggin, Jefferson, SC. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6541 VF-A. L-R unknown; Lt. Wiggin; Dorn Painter.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Fred W "Freddie" Glover, Ashville, NC. 336th Fighter Squadron, ex RCAF. P-51D 44-64153 VF-B.

Photo: 4th FG Association
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. James A Goodson, Toronto, Canada. 336th Fighter Squadron, ex 416 squadron RCAF and 133 "Eagle" Squadron. P-51D 44-13303 VF-B. Maj. Goodson was struck by ground fire while strafing on 20 September 1944 and bellied this a/c in to become a POW.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph W Higgins, Philadelphia, PA. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6942 VF-D "Meiner Kleiner". Capt. Higgins photographed here with his crew chief S/Sgt. Glessner Weckbacker.

Photo: Glessner Weckbacker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Kendall E "Swede" Carlson, Red Bluff, CA. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6575 VF-E. Crew members currently unidentified.

Photo: Glessner Weckbacker
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Kenneth D "Blacksnake" "Pete" Peterson, Mesa, AZ. 336th Fighter Squadron, ex 133 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47C 41-6539 VF-F "Arizona Pete".

Photo: Tom Lowry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Don S. Gentile, Piqua, OH. 336th Fighter Squadron, ex 133 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47D 42-8659 VF-T "Donnie Boy". Photo of artwork and showing his two Dieppe kills. Crew members currently unidentified.

Photo: Glessner Weckbacker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Don S. Gentile, Piqua, OH. 336th Fighter Squadron, ex 133 "Eagle" Squadron. Don seen here standing with the 336 Sqdn scoreboard.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. James A Goodson, Toronto, Canada. 336th Fighter Squadron, ex 416 squadron RCAF and 133 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47D 42-7959 VF-W.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. James A Goodson, Toronto, Canada. 336th Fighter Squadron, ex 416 squadron RCAF and 133 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47D 42-7959 VF-W. Photo shows nose art of this a/c but crew members are currently unidentified.

Photo: Glessner Weckbacker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Spiros N "Steve" "The Greek" Pisanos, Plainfield, NJ. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. Steve seen here in his RAF uniform complete with "ES" patch and RAF wings alongside Spitfire Mk V coded XR-G.

Photo: Steve Pisanos
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Spiros N "Steve" "The Greek" Pisanos, Plainfield, NJ. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47D 42-7945 QP-D "Miss Plainfield".

Photo: 4th FG Association
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Spiros N "Steve" "The Greek" Pisanos, Plainfield, NJ. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47D 42-7945 QP-D "Miss Plainfield".

Photo: Steve Pisanos
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Oscar H Coen, Marion, Il. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47C 41-6413 QP-V.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Louis H "Red Dog" Norley Jr., Conrad, MT. 334th Fighter Squadron ex RCAF. P-51D 44- 73108 QP-O "Red Dog XII".

Photo: Francis "Lefty" Grove
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Louis H "Red Dog" Norley Jr., Conrad, MT. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex RCAF. P-51D 44-73108 QP-O "Red Dog XII".

Photo: Francis "Lefty" Grove
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Henry L "Hank" Mills, Leonia, NJ. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47D 42-74751 QP-Q.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph L Lang, Hyde Park, MA. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51D44-13352 QP-Z.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51s of 335th Fighter Squadron in their dispersal area. In the foreground is P-51D 44-72061 WD-N with next to it a war-weary P-51B 43-6570 WD-3 "Joe's Junk" belonging to "Clobber College".

Photo: Francis "Lefty" Grove
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Pierce W McKennon, Fort Smith AR. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14570 WD-A "Ridge Runner". This is the first of Maj. McKennon's a/c to carry this name and was soon reassigned to Ted Lines as can be seen from the photos higher up the page. The "4570" of the serial # can just be made out above the "Ri" section of the name.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Pierce W "Mac" McKennon, Fort Smith, AR. 335th Fighter Squadron, ex RCAF. Mac seen here in the cockpit of one of his Ridge Runners.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Donald J. M. "Col. Don" Blakeslee, Fairport Harbor OH. 4th FG Headquarters Squadron. P-47D 42-7863 WD-C. This photo was taken following the mission of 16 August 1943 when Col. Don was set upon and shot up by three FW190s. Although heavily oil streaked, he brought it safely back to Debden thanks to Jim Goodson who shot one of them off his tail and provided escort.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. George "Carp" Carpenter, Oil City, PA. 335th Fighter Squadron, ex 121 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47C 41-6226 WD-I.

Photo: George Carpenter
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. John T "Johnny" Godfrey, Woonsocket, RI. 336th Fighter Squadron, ex RCAF. P-47D 42-7884 VF-P "Lucky" / "Reggie's Reply". Named for his brother who was killed during the North Atlantic U-Boat campaign. The name only appears to be chalked on at this stage, possibly for the photograph to be taken. Compare this with the photo below.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. John T "Johnny" Godfrey, Woonsocket, RI. 336th Fighter Squadron, ex RCAF. P-47D 42-7884 VF-P "Lucky" / "Reggie's Reply". Taken at a later date, the P-47 now displays the nose art of Johnny's dog Lucky with a horse shoe. Lucky himself can be seen on the wing. The words "Reggie's Reply" are now slightly lower and painted on, with the symbols of the reply just visible over the name.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Francis M "Lefty" "Pappy" Grove, Glen Cove, NY. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72767 VF-T. Lefty seen here on his last assigned P-51 showing how the swept back nose markings were finished under the cowl. Lefty was the last 336 CO of the war.

Photo: Francis "Lefty" Grove
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 11th April 1944. Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D Eisenhower awarding DSCs to Don Gentile & Don Blakeslee. This is the occasion that gave rise to Ike saying to Gentile "you seem to be a one man air force". L-R, Brig.Gen. Jesse Auton; Gen. Eisenhower; Capt. Gentile; Col. Blakeslee.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Harvie J Arnold, Oklahoma City, OK. 336th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Arnold was only with the unit for twelve days. Having joined on 6 June 1944, he was killed in action on 18 June 1944 in P-51D 44-13307 VF-J "Butch" of Lt. James C Lane.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Van E Chandler, Rices Landing, PA. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14388 VF-U "Wheezy".

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Van E Chandler, Rices Landing, PA. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24877 VF-U "Wheezy". The different style of lettering can just be made out on Lt. Chandler's earlier Mustang. With him on the wing are to the left, Lt. Henry A Ingalls, Los Angeles, CA and to the right, Capt. Otey M Glass Jr., Lynchburg, VA. Lt. Ingalls became a POW on 11 September 1944 and Capt. Glass, an evader between 18 August and 2 September 1944.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk (L-R) Maj. Frederick W Glover; Capt. Joseph H Joiner; Capt. Harry N "Duke" Hagan and Capt. Donald J Pierini.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harry N "Duke" Hagan, Yorkville, OH. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14317 VF-Y "Duke". Capt Hagan bailed out of this a/c on 17 January 1945 to receive a Purple Heart. The replacement was 44-72053 also coded VF-Y.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Earl F Hustwit, Pittsburgh, PA. 336th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Hustwit was killed in action bailing out of P-51D 44-72411 VF-# on 26 March 1945 due to mechanical failure.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Henry A "Hank" Ingalls, Los Angeles, CA. 336th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Ingalls became a POW on 11 September 1944 when he crash-landed 43-6573 VF-P in France. This a/c was previously Joe Joiner's "Rebel" and it is possible that it had been reassigned to Lt. Ingalls at the time of his loss.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. John D McFarlane, Calais,MA. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13961 VF-L.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James R McMahon, Camden, NJ. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14276 VF-A "Marcy".

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Paul M Morgan, Lexington, KY. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14492 VF-G.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk (L-R) Lt. Paul M Morgan; Capt. Otey M Glass Jr and Maj. Frederick W Glover. The P-51D 44-13325 is VF-Z of Capt. Patteeuw.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph A "Pat" Patteeuw, Detroit, MI. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13325 VF-Z.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Patteeuw (L) is seen here with Capt. Hagan (R) with the Debden flagpole as a background.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Rufus L "Roy" Patterson, Detroit, MI. 336th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Patterson joined the 336th on 12 July 1944 and was KIA on 11 September 1944. It is not known if he had an assigned a/c but at the time of his loss he was flying P-51D 44-14266 VF-N of Lt. Edward Hernandez.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Neil "Dutchy" Van Wyk, Paterson, NJ. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-47 41-6194 VF-X. It is not known if his P-47 was named.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Neil "Dutchie" Van Wyk, Paterson, NJ. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24848 VF-X "The Flying Dutchman".

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert H Wehrman, Old Greenwich, CT. 336th Fighter Squadron. Assigned a/c currently unknown.

Photo: D F Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Jack J Oberhansley, Spanish Fork, UT. Headquarters Unit. P-51K 44-11661 QP-X "Iron Ass".

Photo: Bruce Zigler
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Littlefriends.co.uk Relaxing between missions by the 336th dispersal hut are from L-R Capt. Richard G Braley, Pasadena, CA (head just visible); Maj. Willard W Millikan, Rockport, MO; Capt. Joseph A Patteeuw, Detroit, MI; Lt. Thomas K McDill, Oxford, OH; Capt. Ira E Grounds, Talpa,TX and Lt. Robert S Tussey, Altoona, PA.

Photo: Russ Brengelman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas K McDill. Oxford, OH. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6572 "Little Mac". Due to this a/c being fitted with the much sought-after Malcolm Canopy and Spitfire mirror, on 24 May 1944 it was reassigned to Capt. Joseph H Bennett who renamed it "Paul" after his son. Lt. McDill was reassigned to 43-6633 VF-Q. Coincidentally, both a/c and their respective pilots were lost the following day with them both becoming POWs.

Photo: Russ Brengelman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William T O'Regan, Los Angeles, CA. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47C 41-6392 QP-X. Although not visible in shot, the cowling of Capt. O'Regan's P-47 had artwork of a pink elephant firing bullets through it's trunk.

Photo: Jack Cook
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Darwin L Berry. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14361 WD-K "Feisty Sue" but apparently seen here in 44-13641 WD-A. This aircraft was lost on 22 July 1944 when Lt. Lloyd G Kingman was killed when he spun in shortly after taking off on a mission.

Photo: NARA
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Duane W "Bee" Beeson, Boise, ID. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47D 42-7890 QP-B "Boise Bee".

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Duane W "Bee" Beeson, Boise, ID. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47D 42-7890 QP-B "Boise Bee". Seen alongside the nose art is crew member Cpl. Wall.

Photo: Jack Cook
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Duane W "Bee" Beeson, Boise, ID. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-51B 43-6819 QP-B "Bee".

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Duane W "Bee" Beeson, Boise, ID. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-51B 43-6819 QP-B "Bee".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George C Smith, Los Angeles CA. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103602 VF-C "Connie". Very nice rear 3/4 view of Lt. Smith's first "Connie". See photo giving view of lettering towards top of page.

Photo: Martin Kyburz - Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Howard D "Deacon" Hively, Athens OH. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-47D QP-J "The Deacon" serial # currently unknown. Maj Hively lost his P-47C 41-6576 on 15 June 1943 when he bailed out over the Channel due to engine failure. He started flying a replacement QP-J on mission of 4 July 1943 but the serial numbers of any P-47 a/c other than the C model are not known.

Photo: Nuthampstead Airfield Research Society via Russell Abbey
  
Littlefriends.co.uk F/O William A Cox. Dallas, TX. 334th Fighter Squadron. F/O Cox was killed in action on 3 February 1944 having been separated from his element leader, Maj. Winslow "Mike" Sobanski near Emden.

Photo: Ronald G Cox
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James C Lane. Medford, MA. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13307 VF-J “Butch”.

Photo: James C Lane (Jr)
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Littlefriends.co.uk Interesting photo of an A35B Vultee Vengeance used at Debden for hack and target-tow duties. Named “Miss Beverly”, it still wears RAF markings and serial number FD196 as well as USAAF number 41-31385 and W/W marking. Modellers please note the red/white wheel hub covers.

Photo: Francis Grove via “Escort to Berlin”
  
Littlefriends.co.uk The A35B seen in the above photo presented in profile format thanks to Nick King.

Profile: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Raymond A Dyer, Glassport, PA. P-51D 44-14332 QP-V V named “Lazy Daisy” on the port side but the starboard side bearing a word play on Lt. Dyer's name with the somewhat unappealing "Dyer-ria". Photo taken from a B-24 of the 458th Bomb Group.

Photo: Robert Burman – 458th BG Pilot
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ervin L "Dusty" Miller, Oakland, Ca. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6529 VF-M "Hi! R.P.M.". Named to greet his new son Robert Paul Miller. A/c was reassigned to Lt. Jack Raphael who renamed it "Eager Beaver".

Photo: Alan Griffiths
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Everett W Stewart, Abilene, KA. Headquarters 4th Fighter Group. P-51D 44-72181 VF-S "Sunny VIII". Col. Stewart is seen here with his ground crew.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Everett W Stewart, Abilene, KA. Headquarters 4th Fighter Group. P-51D 44-72181 VF-S "Sunny VIII". Nice rear ¾ view of Sunny VIII.

Photo: Edward B Richie CWO 4th Fighter Group
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Alexander Rafalovich, San Pedro, CA. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6839 QP-N. Seen here with his ground crew, Capt. Rafalovich became a PoW on 21 March 1944 whilst flying this a/c.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Sgt. Leroy A Nitschke, 334th Fighter Squadon armorer. Leroy increased his age so as to get into WW1 and lowered it to get into the USAAF in WW2.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk L-R Lt. Richard V Douglas, Dallas, TX; Lt.Col. Oscar H Coen, Marion, IL; both of 334th Fighter Squadron & American Red Cross girl Patricia Brand.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Duane W Beeson, Boise, ID. 334th Fighter Squadron ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47D 42-7890 QP-B “Boise Bee”.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 4th FG personnel inspect a tail from one of five enemy a/c shot down near Debden during a night raid.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Paul E Burnett, Ponas City, OK. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72327 QP-H_ "Marjorie". Crew Chief is S/Sgt. Robert S Zane, Sioux City, ID & Asst. Crew Chief Sgt. Neil F Killen, Uhrichville, OH.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Gerald E "Monty" Montgomery, Dallas, TX. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14119 QP-H "Sizzlin' Liz". Seen here are Crew Chief S:Sgt. Harold E Mogg, Rosebuck, MI and Asst. Crew Chief Sgt. Edward G Nelson, Elgin, IL

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas S Sharp, McArthur, OH. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 42-106650 QP-D. Lt. Sharp is seen here with Crew Chief S/Sgt. Eben Gary Hanig. Lt. Sharp was KIA in this a/c on 2 July 44 whilst on the Shuttle Mission to Russia.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert B Frazer, Fullerton, CA. P-51B 43-6656 QP-N. Lt. Frazer was killed in this a/c on 28 Feb 44 whilst trying to land in a snow storm.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert A Boock, Springfield, IL. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. Photographed here with armorer Sgt. Lawrence P "Larry" Hendel, St. Louis, MO, alongside their P-47C 41-6404 QP-S “Old Red Ass”. Lt. Boock was killed in action flying this a/c on 18 May 43 when he was shot down into the North Sea. Two of his 3 confirmed kills were gained in Spitfires.

Photo: Danny Morris
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Winslow M Sobanski (KIA June 6 44) and Maj. Duane W Beeson inspecting battle damage to Beeson’s kite.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Henry L "Hank" Mills, New York, NY. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47D 42-74751 QP-Q.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gordon H Whitlow, Denver, CO. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47C 41-6406 QP-H.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 334th Fighter Squadron armorers (L-R): Sgt. Perry W Scudder, Verona, KY; Sgt. Leroy A Nitschke, St. Louis, MO; Sgt. Earl M Welch, New Richmond, WI; Sgt. Adolph Tramontine, Iron Mountain, MI; unk; unk; unk.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Winslow M "Mike" Sobanski, New York, NY. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75120 QP-F "Mike IV". Maj. Sobanski was KIA on 6 June 44 flying "Deacon" Hively's P-51B 43-6898 QP-J "The Deacon"; it was his second sortie of the day. His own P-51B 43-7002 QP-F was reassigned to Lt. Sherman as QP-D.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Winslow M "Mike" Sobanski, New York, NY. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75120 QP-F "Mike IV".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert L “Junior” Priser, Tucson, AZ. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47C 41-6187 QP-L “Quack”.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Pierce W McKennon, Fort Smith, AR. and Capt. George D Green, Whittier, CA., pose together following the dramatic rescue of McKennon by Green on 18 March 1945

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Raymond C “Bud” Care, Angola, IN. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6404 QP-R.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk A familiar sight on air bases throughout the 8th Air Forces as ground crews await the return of their charges. In this case, 334th ground crew men are "sweating out" the mission.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 2 July 1943 and Bob Hope gave a USO show on the parade ground at Debden along with Francis Langford, Tony Romero and Jack Pepper

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Oscar H Coen, Marion, IL., 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47C 41-6413 QP-V.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk S/Sgt. Andre H Goeury, Meriden, CT and Sgt. Lawrence P Hendel, St Louis MO., enjoying coffee and doughnuts served by American Red Cross girl Miss Camilla Moss in the 334th FS dispersal area.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. David A Van Epps, Williams Bay, WI., 334th Fighter Squadron (ex Fleet Air Arm). P-47D 42-8641 QP-I “Great Dane II”. Capt. Van Epps Made dead stick landing in this P-47 on 29 January 44 and became a PoW on 9 April 44 in P-51B 43-6941 QP-T.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert L Hills, New Milford, CT., 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6717 QP-S and Capt. Thomas E Joyce, Ulysses, KS., 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14271 QP-K.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Alexander Rafalovich, San Pedro, CA. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6195 QP-F. (a/c from Clarke ex QP-W).

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John F “Pappy” Lutz, Fulton, MO. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6196 QP-P not named but impressive artwork of kicking mule. Lt Lutz was killed in action in this a/c on 4 May 1943 when he bailed out over the North Sea due to engine trouble but at too low an altitude for his chute to deploy.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William Brewster “Brew” Morgan, Honolulu, HI. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47D 42-8644 QP-N "Lilliput". This a/c was recoded to QP-U and Lt. Morgan became a PoW whilst flying it on 21 May 1943.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 4th March 1944 and in the 334th Fighter Squadron dispersal area, 334th FS armament and communications personnel await the return of pilots from the first Berlin (Big-B) mission.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Michael G H McPharlin, Hastings, MI. 505th Fighter Squadron 339th Fighter Group, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-51B 42-106909 6N-Z “Wee Ginny”. KIA on 6 June 44 whilst flying with his ex "Eagle Squadron" friends in 4th FG.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Donald Conklin – 334th Armament Section.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Return of aircraft from a mission always created much interest.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 334th FS armorers checking cause of misfire on two of the guns on Maj. Beeson’s P-47. At the back is Sgt. Leroy A Nitschke, St. Louis, MO.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ivan R Moon, West Palm Beach, FL. 334th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Moon was KIA on 3 November 43 in 41-6587 QP-M.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Gordon H "Hud" Whitlow, Denver, CO. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. Seen with target-tow Westland Lysander P1671 from Great Sampford. Lt. Whitlow was KIA on 21 May 43 in his assigned P-47C 41-6406 QP-H.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Vernon A Boehle, Indianapolis, IN. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. Capt. Boehle was shot down on 9 September 43 in his assigned P-47C 41-6400 QP-O “Indianapolis” and spent 60 hours in the Channel before being rescued.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Howard D "Deacon" Hively, Norman, OK. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47C 41-6576 QP-J “The Deacon”.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. David W Howe, East Hickory, PA. 334th Fighter Squadron (ex RCAF). P-51D 44-13884 QP-G.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Charles D "Chuck" Carr, Lincoln, NE. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6837 QP-I. Lt. Carr became a PoW flying this a/c on 5 April 1944.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk (L) Capt. Victor J "Vic" France, Dallas, TX 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron (R) Lt. Richard V "Dick" Douglas, Dallas, TX 334th Fighter Squadron. Vic France’s P-47C 41-6414 QP-K “Miss Dallas” seen in the background.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard V "Dick" Douglas, Dallas, TX. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7928 QP-Z.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Shelton W "Shel" Monroe, Waycross, GA., 334th Fighter Squadron. Seen here with ground crew watching remainder of the mission landing.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Crew Chief S/Sgt. Joseph S Waydack, Aneosso, MI. 334th Fighter Squadron, lights cigarette for unidentified pilot (possibly Kidd Hofer?).

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Alfred H "Hoppy" Hopson, Dallas, TX. 334th Fighter squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47C 41-6212 QP-I.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Howard D "Deacon" Hively, Norman, OK. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-51D 44-15347 QP-J. This is the only known P-51D at Debden that had an olive drab finish. In this case, Deacon’s a/c had the code letters outlined in red and with a red rudder.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Clarence L Boretsky, Milwaukee, WI. P-51B QP-M “Meg” serial unknown. Note the code letter “M” which has been formed from an inverted “W”. Crew Chief in picture is S/Sgt. William Brong.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Debden Enlisted Man’s club “The Belly Tank” complete with drop tank decoration.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Ralph K "Kidd" Hofer, Salem, MO. 334th Fighter Squadron. The Kidd poses by Capt. Archie W Chatterley’s P-47C 41-6358 QP-G “California or Bust”. Hofer was flying this P-47 on his first combat mission on 8 October 43 when he shot down an Me109 over Zwolle, Holland.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Major Louis H “Red Dog” Norley Jr., Conrad, MT. Maj. Norley served with all three squadrons of the 4th Fighter Group.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Stanley M Anderson, Indianapolis, IN. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 “Eagle” Squadron. P-47C 41-6538 QP-B. Capt Anderson was killed in action on 15 April 1943 in P-47C 41-6407 QP-E.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Spiros N "Steve" "The Greek" Pisanos, Plainfield, NJ. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-47D 42-7945 QP-D "Miss Plainfield".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Spiros N “Steve” "The Greek" Pisanos, Plainfield, NJ. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 “Eagle” Squadron. P-47D 42-7945 QP-D "Miss Plainfield".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Thomas E Fraser, Atlanta, GA. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24825 QP-G "Jerry".

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James F Steele, Coatesville, PA. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74717 WD-T "This Above All".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph W Higgins, Philadelphia, PA. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6942 VF-D_ "Meiner Kleiner". Writing on bomb says "This one's for Harry".

Photo: Chris Bucholtz
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Burton C Wyman, Englewood, NJ. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-47C 41-6233 WD-O. Lt. Wyman was killed in action on 29 January 1944 in P-47D 42-75119 WD-N.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. George H “Ink” Davis, Berlin, MD. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63233 VF-D “Inky’s Dinky”. This a/c was lost on 11 February 1945 when Lt. Henry A Kaul was killed in action whilst flying it.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph H Joiner, Corpus Christi TX. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13630 VF-R " The Rebel". Photo taken before addition of the name.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Neil "Dutchie" Van Wyk, Paterson, NJ. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6772 VF-X "The Flying Dutchman". This a/c was transferred out to the 355th FG and eventually became w/w as L2-3 with the 479th FG.

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Neil "Dutchie" Van Wyk, Paterson, NJ. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-24848 VF-X "The Flying Dutchman".

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Roy W Evans, San Bernadino, CA. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74686 WD-E.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Carl F Brown, Huntingdon, PA., 334th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63583 QP-Y.

Photo: Carl F Brown
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack L Raphael, Tacoma, WA., 336th Fighter Squadron, ex RCAF. P-47C 41-6529 VF-M “Eager Beaver”. This a/c also had the name "Miss Beth" on the left fuselage and “Violet” on the right.

Photo: Dave Raphael
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Howard D "Deacon" Hively, Athens, OH. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-51B 43-6898 QP-J "The Deacon".

Photo: 4th FG Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Howard D "Deacon" Hively, Athens, OH. 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. P-51B 43-6898 QP-J "The Deacon".

Artwork: Courtesy of Tomasz Szlagor & Kagero Publishers
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wilbur B Eaton, Portland, OR. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6897 WD-U “See Me Later”. Lt Eaton flew 12 missions with the 7th PRG before joining the 4th. A photo of him appears in the 7th Gallery. This a/c was salvaged on 21 November 1944 following Lt. Eaton crash-landing in France on 16th due to damage sustained in a strafing attack.

Photo: Lt. Eaton via Gary Miller
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wilbur B Eaton, Portland, OR. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14339 WD-U “See Me Later”. Seen here with his Crew Chief S/Sgt. George Lee. The name on Lt. Eaton’s a/c is due to he and his good Friend Lt. Lloyd G Kingham, Grass Valley, CA agreed never to say “goodbye” to each other before missions but “see you/me later”. The addition of the Grim Reaper signified “Death – see me later, not now”. This a/c was lost on 5 November 1944 when Lt. Russell J Anderson became a POW. Regrettably, Lt. Kingham was also killed, but in a training accident on 22 July 1944 in P-51D 44-13641 WD-R.

Photo: Lt. Eaton via Gary Miller
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wilbur B Eaton, Portland, OR. 335th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14923 WD-U “See Me Later III”. This, the last of Lt. Eaton’s three assigned a/c with the 335th FS, was lost shortly after he completed his tour, when Lt. Kenneth NMI Green, Trafford, PA became a POW on 3 March 1945.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Wilson V “Bill” Edwards, Colorado Springs, CO., 336th Fighter Squadron and Headquarters, ex 133 “Eagle” Squadron. P-51D 44-13608 VF-B. Maj Edwards became a POW flying this a/c on 13 July 1944. Hit by flak, he parachuted near Metz, France and was in the process of being beaten and lynched by local civilians before being “rescued” by German soldiers. He spent the remainder of the war in Stalag Luft 1.

Photo: Martin Bates
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Jack J Oberhansley, Spanish Fork, UT. Headquarters Unit. P-51K 44-11661 QP-X "Iron Ass".

Artwork: Courtesy of Tomasz Szlagor & Kagero Publishers
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Leroy Gover, San Carlos, CA. P-47C 41-6256 VF-I. Crew members currently unidentified.

Photo: 4th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George E Ridler, East Orange, NJ, 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15191 VF-C “Peg O’ My Heart”.

Photo: Lt Ridler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George E Ridler, East Orange, NJ, 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15191 VF-C “Peg O’ My Heart”.

Photo: Lt Ridler
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Everett W Stewart, Abilene, KA. Headquarters 4th Fighter Group. P-51D 44-72181 VF-S "Sunny VIII".

Profile: Zbigniew Kolacha
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-13959 QP-H/ “Proboscis of 334th Fighter Squadron. This a/c was loaned to 355th FG for their Frantic mission and retained at Steeple Morden following repair after a crash-landing on 22 September 1944 due to engine failure. It served as OS-H/ with the 357th FS.

Photo: Don Pierini
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Winslow M "Mike" Sobanski, New York, NY. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75120 QP-F "Mike IV". This photo had been sitting in the “Help Needed” section for quite some time but now, thanks to Bruce Zigler, Don Allen and the 4th FG veterans, it has been identified as the artwork that was added to the cowling of Mike Sobanski’s “Mike IV”. See following photo for confirmation.

Photo: Alan Griffiths
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Winslow M "Mike" Sobanski, New York, NY. 334th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75120 QP-F "Mike IV".

Photo: Timothy Kirkup
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert C Hunter Jr., Johnstown, PA, 355th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-13977 WD-H/ “Cookie”.

Photo: Jungling family
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Enoch [NMI] Jungling, Carlton, OR, 355th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14361 WD-K “Fiesty Sue”. Previously assigned to Lts Berry and McCall, “Sue” was reassigned to Lt. Jungling after they had completed their tour. As can be seen, the name and artwork was retained although it has now been partially covered by the later style swept back red noseband.

Photo: Jungling family
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Enoch [NMI] Jungling, Carlton, OR, 355th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14361 WD-K “Fiesty Sue”. Fiesty Sue was lost on Lost 21st March 45 with pilot Lt. Robert A Cammer becoming a POW.

Photo: Jungling family
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Enoch [NMI] Jungling, Carlton, OR, 355th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-72340 WD-K. Lt. Jungling’s replacement WD-K, a P-51D-20-NA, was lost on 17th May 1945 when post-war replacement pilot, Capt. Richard L Tannerhill, was killed in a crash at Aran Fawddwy, Wales.

Photo: Jungling family
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George K Villinger, Palmyra, NJ, 336 Fighter Squadron, P-47C 41-6256 VF-C. “Dull Tool”. Crew chief S/Sgt. John E Wilson is seen alongside his charge.

Photo: 4th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George K Villinger, Palmyra, NJ, 336 Fighter Squadron, P-51B 43-6985 VF-C. Lt. Villinger is seen here posing alongside his newly assigned P-51B.

Photo: Dave Raphael
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George K Villinger, Palmyra, NJ, 336 Fighter Squadron, P-51B 43-6985 VF-C. Photograph taken by Lt. Jack Raphael of Lt. Villinger setting out on his first P-51 mission on 2nd March 1944. Sadly Lt. Villinger was killed in action on this mission. He was apparently downed by an FW190 and the Luftwaffe J Report gives the location of the crash site at 1.5Km East of Heltenbach.

Photo: Dave Raphael
  


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