The 65th Fighter Squadron
Aircraft of the 65th FS "Fighting Cocks"
Photos by P-47 Pilot Dwight V. Orman
Dwight Orman appear in blue lettering
The 57th Fighter Group
consisted of the 64th, 65th and 66th Fighter Squadrons. The aircraft of the three
squadrons were identified and distinguished by large arabic numerals
and their squadron insignias painted on the sides of their fuselages. The 64th FS "Black
Scorpions" used numbers 10-39, the 65th FS "Fighting Cocks" used numbers 40-69, and
the 66th FS "Terminators" used numbers 70-99. Numbers 1-9 were used by the
57th Fighter Group "Headquarters."
The above P-47 (probably from 57th FG Headquarters) has the insignia for each of the three squadrons.
"#53 "Schmaltzie" was Frank "Duffy" Middleton's P47 - had
"Mercedes" on the other side."
The above pictures show P-47D #53, "Schmaltzie" of the 65th Fighter Squadron piloted by Lt. F. J. Middleton. The crew chief was
S/Sgt. L. Walker and the armorer was Cpl. S. Bauer.
"The pilot standing on the wing root on "Little Bunny" side is
Frank "Duffy" Middleton. His P-47 was "Schmaltzie".
"#54 had "Norma" on the right side and "Little Bunny" on the left side.
"Willy" Lyke was the original pilot (that's him on Lyke #54). Later Brad Muhl
was the pilot and he had "Norma" painted on the other side."
"On the left is a picture
I snapped of Brad right after he crawled out of his aircraft after a tough mission.
On the right is later when he was being picked up by the Ops. jeep on the
flight line." The Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut was named for the first casualty of
the 57th Fighter Group, a local kid who crashed his aircraft during a training mission there
in 1941. Near the airport is the New England Air Museum (NEAM) which has a really fantastic exhibit all about the 57th Fighter Group.
"Yes the exhibit at NEAM represents a lot of volunteer help from
57th alums and family & friends in the area. The static P47 is, I believe
of Brazilian origin and painted to resemble Brad Muhl's "Norma." Brad and
Norma were at the dedication and Brad passed about 2 or 3 years ago." They have some nice color photos taken at Alto, Corsica too.
Here's another one. Here's the 65th FS camp at Alto.
Alexandre Cadel made this beautiful model of P-47 #54 from the 65th Fighter Squadron
for display in a diorama in a Corsican Museum.
More 65th Fighter Squadron aircraft courtesy of Dwight Orman.
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