P-51 airplane, of the U.S. Army Air Forces 334th Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, piloted by Lieutenant Timothy J "Tim" Cronin of Oconomowoc, WI., taxis and parks on apron, at Debden Airfield in England during World War 2. Six ground crewmen run toward plane and greet the pilot. Scene is repeated close up. Pilot in cockpit of plane uses starter to turn the propeller a bit to make it appear he has just taxied in. Again, the ground crewmen run to and surround his airplane. Lieutenant Cronin standing between two other pilots. One of them, Maj Howard "Deacon" Hively, of Athens, Ohio, holds a wad of British currency, which he shares with the other two. They shake hands. Lieutenant Clifton and Captain David W Howe, of East Hickory, PA., conversing and.Looking skyward determining weather. Lieutenant Clarence L. Boretsky, of Milwaukee, WI, talking and laughing with two other pilots. Captain Carl F. Brown of Huntingdon, PA..shows patch on his leather flying jacket displaying the 334th Logo superimposed on an American Eagle (Alluding to the Eagle Squadron beginnings of the 4th Fighter Group.)
Lieutenant Donald Malmsten (by prop) and Lt. Jerome Jahnke (kneeling center) , of the U.S. 334th Squadron, 4th Fighter Group ((formerly Eagle Squadron number 71) talk with ground crewmen, beside Major Gerald Montgomery's P-51D named: "Sizzlin Liz." at Debden Airbase, England. Major Howard "Deacon" Hively briefing large group of ground crew members beside P-51. He dismisses them with good natured wave of his hand and they leave hurriedly.
Three pilots, Major Gerald Montgomery, Major Howard D. (Deacon) Hively, and Captain Shelton W. "Shell" Monroe, of the U.S. Army Air Forces 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, holding and discussing a map in their hands. Logos of the Eagle Sqadron and the 334th Fighter Squadron displayed above a wall containing small painted German crosses representing enemy aircraft destroyed, probably destroyed, and damaged. Airman stencils two more under the destroyed column. Major Howard D.Hively of Athens, OH.,with another Major looking at record of aerial victories on the wall. Hively holds a sign reading "300 destroyed." He hands it to the other Major who tacks it onto the wall using the butt of his .45 caliber automatic pistol as a hammer. They smile and shake hands. Then Lieutenant Timothy Cronin stencils three more crosses in the destroyed column, under the 300 sign, as another pilot looks on smiling. Shelton W. Monroe was later killed in Korea after his plane was shot down on April 17, 1951.
Pilot of USAAF 334th Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, Captain Shelton W "Shell" Monroe, of Waycross, GA. in the cockpit of his P-51, during World War 2. He starts the airplane, but shuts down and gets out to talk with Intelligence Officer, Captain
Ben Q. Ezzell, who is dressed in Class A uniform, and carrying some sort of document. They talk and Ezzell gives Monroe a cigarette to smoke. Shelton W. Monroe was later killed in Korea after his plane was shot down on April 17, 1951.
U.S. Airman smoking cigarette in front of 4th Fighter Group (former Eagle Squadron) headquarters at RAF Station Debden in England, during World War 2. The letters E.S. and Logo on the building door.. P-51 aircraft in front of headquarters. Pilots come out of door after mission briefing and walk toward their respective P-51 aircraft.
Major Howard "Deacon" Hively, of Athens OH, 334th Squadron, 4th Fighter Group (formerly Eagle Squadron) in cockpit of P-51 aircraft at Debden Air Base, England, during World War II. Crew chief helps with his shoulder harness. Pilot waves and closes canopy. Captain Sheldon.W. Monroe, of Waycross, Georgia, talking to crew chief, S/Sgt Paul Fox, sitting on nose of P-51, as he performs maintenance. (Note: Captain Monroe was reportedly killed in action in 1951, during the Korean War.).
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