A ground crewman riding the wing of a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt direct the pilot, a member of the 354th fighter-bomber group, taxiing his plane on the runway of a front line 9th AF field. The pilot, his vision obscured, receives information from the “wing-man” to avoid obstacles. Mechanics meet the plane at the end of the runway. France.

A ground crewman riding the wing of a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt direct the pilot, a member of the 354th fighter-bomber group, taxiing his plane on the runway of a front line 9th AF field. The pilot, his vision obscured, receives information from the “wing-man” to avoid obstacles. Mechanics meet the plane at the end of the runway. France.

U.S. Air Force Archives Photo

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