WORLD WAR 2: EIGHTH AIR FORCE

Garry L Fry examines both sides of the story of the first Messerschmitt Me 262 to be brought down by the USAAF

WORLD WAR 2 EIGHTH AIR FORCE

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Thunderbolt ‘MX-E’ being flown by Major Richard Hewitt in July 1944. On the August 28, 1944 mission, it was piloted by 2nd Lt Howard S Scholz. GEORGE LETZTER COLLECTION

Dating back to the mid-16th century, Sawston Hall in Cambridgeshire had been transformed into the headquarters of the USAAF’s 66th Fighter Wing. From within these historic walls 2nd Lt Frederic ‘Fred’ Edwin Bolgert was sent news of his first combat assignment in 1944 and he was delighted with it. He was destined for the 78th Fighter Group (FG) at Duxford, less than three miles southwest of Sawston Hall.

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