Capt. George D. Pieck, Operations Officer of the 404th Fighter squadron, posed for a picture in the cockpit of his P-47D Thunderbolt. He was the squadron’s first victor in aerial combat when he shot down a Luftwaffe ME-109 on June 8, 1944, which was the day when the 371st Fighter Group achieved its first aerial victories of the war. He went MIA on 10 August 1944.
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