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Koda Catalog Number:  
DVD Number: 3
Slide Number: 00079
Image Location: 58 4
Tail Number: 415559
Plane Type: P-51D
Picture Type: AC maintenance
Info on Slide: 05/17/11
Unit Info: 364thFG 384thFS
Description: With drop-tank crates spread across the field at Honington, 364th Fighter Group ground crew brings their p-51Ds back to operational status. The enlisted men who kept the Eighth Air Force's fighters airworthy rarely got a full-night's sleep. Up long before the pilots, they would make sure their assigned aircraft were loaded and run-up. After group takeoff they supposedly had time to sleep, but nervous worry about their pilots and aircraft would make them "sweat out" the mission and place the field until the first sight of returning fighters. After the mission the aircraft required extensive attention, often late into the night when the entire cycle started again. Lt. Robert L. Hunt's P51D, designatiom 'N2-T' ser# 44-15559 undergoing routine maintenance in early 1945. **
Photographer: Brown, Mark/USAFA
Book: FC 106o
Nationality: American
Location: Honington, England
Year: 1944
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Image Path: /Galley 1