The 78th wasn't always at Duxford. Many of the
personnel that formed the 78th came from several
different Pursuit Groups This is the place to find
pre-war and early war photos and information
4th Air Force 10th Pursuit Wing
The 14th Pursuit Group was activated at Hamilton Field, California on
January 15, 1941 under the command of 1st Lieutenant Troy Keith.
The Group was composed of the 48th Squadron under 2nd Lieutenant
William Fulmer; the 49th Pursuit Squadron under 2nd Lieutenant James
Dowling; the 50th Pursuit Squadron under 2nd Lieutenant Gilbert Mullins.
On June 10th, 1941 the 14th Pursuit Group was transferred to March
Field, California, and took up operations in Hangers 1 and 2.
At March the Group was under the command of Major Thayer Olds.
The Group was composed of the 48th Squadron under 1st Lieutenant
Troy Keith; the 49th Pursuit Squadron under 1st Lieutenant Arman
Peterson; the 50th Pursuit Squadron under 1st Lieutenant Frank James.
July, August and September training was conducted at Horseshoe Lake
in the Sierra Mountains.
September 1941 the 14th had a roster of 794 enlisted men and 61
In 1942 the 82nd Fighter Squadron spent some time at the San Diego
Naval Air Station.
|48th Pursuit Squadron September 1941 at Mamouth Lakes, Calif.
Horseshoe Lake today.