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
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.