Scenes staged by USAAF pilots and ground crews on a foggy day at Debden airfield during World War II
Debden England Date:1945, January 15 Duration:3 min 34 sec Sound:NO SOUND
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.)
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