By Roger A. Freeman
One of many first Thunderbolt teams to work out motion within the eu Theatre of Operations (ETO) with the USA military Air Forces, the 56th Fighter workforce (FG) used to be additionally the single fighter unit in the 8th Air strength to stay built with the effective P-47 till war’s finish. Led via the inspirational ‘Hub’ Zemke, this staff used to be liable for devising the various bomber escort strategies hired by means of VIII Fighter Command among 1943 and 1945. by way of VE-Day the 56th FG had shot down a hundred extra enemy plane than the other crew 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 images, their airplane profiles and insignia.
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Constabulary officers frequently passed intelligence to the guerrillas. As an example, 1st Lt Juanito Quitives, a Constabulary officer in Cabanatuan City, also commanded Squadron 2 0 0 of Lapham's Raiders, which would support the rescue. To complicate matters, many of the guerrillas did not speak English but rather Tagalog or related dialects, and Filipinos from different parts of Luzon could not always understand one another. T h e column worked its way through 6 miles of forest in the growing darkness.
At 1 8 3 0 hours, there was just one hour before the attack. T h e Japanese at the bridge were eating their evening meal and putting out their fires before dark fell. It would not be long before they were on the road to Cabanatuan City. 44 The Raid Pajota's guerrillas were either in position or awaiting full darkness to allow them to move in closer to the river. Joson's Squadron 2 1 3 and the Ranger bazooka team were occupying the roadblock west of the camp in a V-shaped ambush with the six Rangers on the south side of the highway and the guerrillas on the north.
It was an 8ft-high, 20ft-wide wood-framed and barbed-wired double gate and the two sections could be opened inward or outward. It was secured by a chain and padlock 3Vift off the ground. They could not tell if any tanks were in the steel sheds, but they did see two trucks. T h e specific types of tanks in the camp, the four located east of the Cabu River bridge, and those seen earlier securing roads the Rangers crossed, are not reported in references. 7cm or 4 . 7cm gun-armed Type 9 5 ( 1 9 3 5 ) H a - G o light tanks.
56th Fighter Group (Osprey Aviation Elite, Volume 2) by Roger A. Freeman