Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A US P-47 Thunderbolt in French Airfield

a US Army Air Corps P-47 D-11-RE #42-75329 Thunderbolt fighter "Miss Second Front" (piloted by Louis Vieck) of 395th Fighter Squadron / 368th Fighter Group / 9th Air Force getting some maintenence at a makeshift A-3 airfield in the French countryside following the invasion of Normandy, August 1944. 16 P-47's of the 395th FS, 368th FG took off from their airfield at Chilbolton, England at 0520 on June 6th, 1944 for the first of many sorties on this famous day. Only 7 days later on June 13th the 368th FG started utilizing ALG A-1 & a few days later A-3 to re-arm & re-fuel their P-47's. On June 19th at ALG A-3 near Cardonville, France the 368th FG was the 1st group to become permanently stationed and operational from France. The group would remain at A-3 until August 23rd when they moved to A-40 near Chartres, France.This picture was made by LIFE magazine’s photographer Frank Scherschel. He captured countless lesser-known scenes from the run-up to the D-Day onslaught and the heady weeks after. His pictures — most of which were never published in LIFE — feel at-once profoundly familiar and somehow utterly, vividly new


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