By Roger A. Freeman
One of many first Thunderbolt teams to work out motion within the eu Theatre of Operations (ETO) with the U.S. military Air Forces, the 56th Fighter staff (FG) was once additionally the single fighter unit in the 8th Air strength to stay built with the strong P-47 till war’s finish. Led through the inspirational ‘Hub’ Zemke, this staff used to be accountable for devising a number of the bomber escort strategies hired by way of VIII Fighter Command among 1943 and 1945. by way of VE-Day the 56th FG had shot down a hundred extra enemy airplane than the other workforce within the 8th Air strength, its pilots being credited with 677 kills in the course of 447 missions. The exploits of this elite fighter unit are particular during this quantity including photos, their airplane profiles and insignia.
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161 Jutting ftn>Di the bowed mantelet on the turret, a 75-mm cannon extends forward of the hull, driver's visor, and MG 34 machine gun of this rearmed Panzer IV, which entered senice in March 1942. Fitted with a single-baffle, spherical muzzle brake, the new gun made the tank nose-heavy and hard to steer, but its crews were glad to have the offensive power and range it provided. 30 Improviicd lank Millcn on the drauing board. Before 1941 Another serviceable product of ended, Hitler ordered his Weapons wartime expediency was the Department to beef up the existing armor in a huriy.
Between July 10 and 12, he issued a series of orders for an up to this time ' . ^v Field Marshal • * I edor von Bork (second from left), in charge of the assauh on Voronezh, reviews some of his troops. " after the battle, "There about 150 miles east of Izyum, involving most of the armored and motorized units available to the two new army groups. In a telegram to Haider, Bock protested the plan as tactically unsound strong in the center and weak on the flank. Since most of the enemy had already fled to the south and east, Bock predicted that Hitler's improvisation would result in a useless pileup of armor around Millerovo.
Its orders were to slash eastward across the Oskol River and then dispatch its mobile formations to the northeast to hook up with Weichs's left-hand pincer descending on Voronezh. At the forefront of Paulus's still army rumbled Stumme's old XL Panzer Corps, beset by the ramifications before, replacements had c*^ Reichel's lost orders. Only three days arrived for Stumme and Reichel's unit, the 23d Panzer Dixdsion. for the The Reichel mess commander aside, the of men may well have considered themselves snakebit.