First Campaign: The 371st Fighter Group in the Air Offensive, Europe

Pilots of the 406th Fighter Squadron gather for a picture, possibly at Bisterne Airfield in the spring of 1944 sometime after May 17, 1944 when three of the men pictured were assigned to the squadron and before June 16 when the first of them was lost. Five of these men were killed in the war. One (Salmi) is still missing in action. Standing from left to right are Samuel B. W. Kennedy, Paul J. Hurley, Donald Ross, Grant Davis, Jr., William M. Taunt, George Gallow, Thomas F. Whitefield, Forrest A. Kilgore, Jr., Eric Doorly, Robert A. Buenzli, James P. Thiede, Harry H. Tait, Jr.* Middle row: Uno A. Salmi,* Robert J. Rieschl, John E. Sullivan, Victor L. Unruh, John J. Burns, Sanders E. Delaney.* Bottom row: Charles H. Chappas, Charles P. Sparks*, Edwin D. Taylor, Robert R. Meade, Craig Teller, Jr. and Sumner J. Calish*. * Killed in the war. (The Story of the 371st Fighter Group in the E.T.O.)

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