P-47D UN-V, named “Pat,” from the famed 56th FG, 63rd FS, prepares for another fighter sweep in support of the D-Day invasion. The second mount of Capt. Gordon S. Stevens, it survived until early September, when it was lost with Capt. Roy Fling at the controls. Stevens himself was lost in a “Pat” replacement on September 18, a victim of flak over Belgium. From its inception, the 56th was destined for excellence and historical significance....
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The Fighting 56th
Article in December 2022 Issue
ON THE COVER: The Fighter Collections' chief pilot Pete Kynsey brings in their rare, Goodyear built FG-1D Corsair super close to the magic camera lens of John Dibbs to get this outstanding shot. This warbird is painted in Royal Navy livery.
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