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Aircraft Hell Hawks P-47D WW2

Lieutenant Colonel Julius Henry Almond Jr

A great photograph of Lt Col Julius “Jack” Almond being directed for another photograph next to his ship “Sweet Sue”.

I believe this was taken at RAF Beaulieu not long after his unit, 387th Fighter Squadron, 365th Fighter Group “Hell Hawks”, arrived in the Spring of 1944.

The photograph that appears to be taken here is actually featured in the fantastic book, Thunderbolts of the Hell Hawks2. The book was also used as a reference for the colour work on “Sweet Sue”.

Original: IWM UPL 46369
  1. https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/137626
  2. Barnes, D; Crump, J & Sutherland, R 2011, Thunderbolts of the Hell Hawks Barracuda Graphs

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Aircraft Hell Hawks P-47D WW2

Lieutenant Colonel Louis T. Houck

Lieutenant Colonel Louis T. Houck, Commander of 387th Squadron, 365th Fighter Group “Hell Hawks”.

Seen sitting in the cockpit of his P-47D “Screamin’ Weemie” (42-26462), wearing his iconic “Devil Horns” helmet1,2.

Original: Roger Freeman Collection FRE 9803
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  2. https://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/3071

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Aircraft Hell Hawks P-47D WW2

Col Ray James Stecker

365th Fighter Group Commander, Colonel Ray James Stecker, photographed sat in a P-47D-27-RE at A-7 Azeville Advanced Landing Ground1.

The ruins of Ch√Ęteau de Fontenay can be seen in the background, which was destroyed by fire earlier in the war.

Original: IWM UPL 39903
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