The 406th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force, flew P-47 Thunderbolts during World War II to provide air support for Gen. George S. Patton’s 3rd Army. There were more than 1,100 in its ranks in 1944, but only 20 attended a recent reunion.
The Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, is the home of the 406th’s archives, which curators have been cataloging for 18 months. Materials range from personal military-career documents to personal narratives and military commendations and awards. The theme will be “A Day in the Life of the 406th.”
Much of the cost was donated by Maggy Grossetta, wife of the late A.V. Grossetta, the 406th’s commanding officer.
From a report by Brian J. Pedersen in the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Arizona.