78th Fighter Group

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A " flying " tribute to the 78th Fighter Group, this P-47D is a part of the "Fighter Collection" maintained at the Duxford Air Field, Cambridgeshire, U.K.. The markings represent the P-47D, "No Guts, No Glory", an aircraft flown by Lt. Colonel Ben Mayo of the 82nd Squadron, 78th Fighter Group.(Picture source: John M. Dibbs)

Duxford 78th Fighter Group Association

The " Duxford 78th Fighter Group Association - WWII " has designated this web site as their " Official Home Page ".

This Association was founded by veterans of the USAAF, 78th Fighter Group, to maintain a focal point of information for it's members, co-ordinate reunion activities and in general further the memory and honor of this WWII combat Unit. The Association pages include:

2004 Reunion re-scheduled for Florida April 28 - May 1, 2005

The "Hurricane Delayed" 2004 Reunion of the 78th Fighter Group Association will be held in Kissimmee, Florida this April. Click above for additional information and a registration form. Investissement en loi pinel

Membership Information

The " Checkerboard " Newsletter
( Postings - Past Issues )
" Goxhill Today "
" "Duxford Eagles", a new artwork by Nicolas Trudgian. Signed by Clark Clemons and Wayne Coleman"
" Remembering Jack C. Price "
" Betty and Joyce's "
" Robert E. Smith's recollections of the missions of 1-15-45 and 2-22-45 "
Message Board
( A Message Board is provided for veterans and friends of the 78th. Please, post your "78th Fighter Group " inquiries here! )

Search the Web Site : DMZ Dustoff
Due to the extensive amount of information presented on this web site, it was necessary to install a search engine. We trust this will help our visitors navigate more easily and locate specific information.

General Interest Section
( Reports and stories of general interest regarding the 78th Fighter Group)

More " Lost and Found " Aircraft of the 78th Fighter Group
( Lost aircaft of th 78th recovered through the efforts of dedicated aviation archeologists )
" The Seversky BT-8 "
( A personal recollection / pictures contributed by Jerry E. Brasher, 82nd Fighter Squadron)
" 8th Air Force Fighter Command, Official Training Documents "
( "Long Reach" and "Down to Earth", published by the 8th Air Force Fighter Command addressed fighter / fighter-bomber tactics employed successfully against Germany in the ETO. The format for these documents included personal surveys of combat commanders and pilots, including members of the 78th Fighter Group. )

" Archives"
( Previous " General Interest Section " postings )
Internet Search Results for 78th Fighter Group References . . .
( The internet was recently searched for references to the 78th Fighter Group. In addition to locating a number of historical reference sites, it was surprising to find numerous web articles and postings regarding specific 78th Fighter Group personnel . These findings are posted as follows on several pages along with appropriate source credits and web addresses. )

" We feel it is necessary to include these references on the "History and Tribute" site because they do contribute in part in telling the complete story of the "Eagles of Duxford". "

T/Sgt. William Blystone, 82nd Fighter Squadron, from 1942 to 1943, Personal Interviews

Lt. Colonel John D. Landers, Headquarters Squadron, Group CO, 2-22-45 to 6-28-45, Personal Biography

2nd Lt. George C. Maitland, 83rd Fighter Squadron, 1-44 to 3-8-44, KIA, Crash Site Recovery Project Report

2nd Lt. Frederick J. Regner, 83rd Fighter Squadron, 3-27-45 to EOW, Obituary

1st. Lt. Robert E. Wieland Jr., Headquarters Squadron, 1942 to 1943, Personal Web Site / Newspaper Article

2nd Lt. Lloyd L. Eadline, 83rd Fighter Squadron, 10-15-44 to 2-24-45, KIA, Collingwood, NJ Memorial Web Site
Captain Robert E. Belliveau, 84th Fighter Squadron, 4-22-43 to 4-18-44, to US, Veterans Project Personal Interview

1st. Lt. Cyril Thomas Bendorf, 84th Fighter Squadron, from 11-10-44 to EOW, Crash Site Recovery Project Report
2nd. Lt. Vernon Y. Jones, 82nd Fighter Squadron, from 11-43 to 2-10-44, KIA, Personal Biography
1st. Lt. John A. Kirk, 83rd Fighter Squadron, 11-30-44 to EOW, Modelling Club Article / Obituary
1st. Lt. William F. Neel, 82nd Fighter Squadron, from 2-16-43 to 1-24-44, MIA, Personal Biography
1st. Lt. Hayden E. Richards, 82nd Fighter Squadron, 5-44 to 9-44, to US, D-Day Ceremony Interview, Duxford, 2004
2nd. Lt. Franklin B. Resseguie, 84th Fighter Squadron, 10-43 to 10-18-43, Evader, Book Review
1st. Lt. Grant M. Turley, 82nd Fighter Squadron, 11-43 to 3-6-44, KIA, Personal Biography
1st. Lt. Neal Hepner, 84th Fighter Squadron, 3-28-45 to EOW, Newspaper Article
1st. Lt. James B. Stallings, 84th Fighter Squadron, 4-6-44 to 9-6-44, to US, Personal Interview / Book Review