Top Aces of the
56th FG:

Robert Johnson

Francis Gabreski

David Schilling

Bud Mahurin

Hub Zemke, CO

Clark Photo Gallery

56th Fighter Group

From the Family of 1st. Lt. James J. Clark

By , Nov. 1999. Updated June 28, 2011.

Lt. James Clark by his plane

First Lieutenant James J. Clark flew with the famed 56th Fighter Group in WW2. His son, Joe Clark, has been kind enough to share these photos from his family's personal collection. As shown in the thumbnail images (click on any of them to see full-size picture), they feature several pictures of Gabby Gabreski and other pilots of the 56th FG.

I believe that all the pilots shown served with Gabreski and Clark in the 61st Squadron of the 56th Group.

The 56th FG, commanded by Hub Zemke, flew P-47 Thunderbolts over Europe. Along with their Mustang-equipped rivals, the 4th FG, they were one of the top-scoring Fighter Groups in the ETO.

DFC Lt. Clark receiving his Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Gabby Gabreski Gabby Gabreski in flying gear
Gabreski, Gerrick, and Gabreski, Heaton, and Gerrick (l. to r.) Gabreski and Gerrick Gabreski and Gerrick
2nd Lt. Steven Gerrick, 61st FS, shot down 5 German airplanes between March and June, 1944
Lt. Hertel Lt. Hertel Lt. Leuculick Lt. Leuculick
Lt. Patterson Lt. Warren S. Patterson Jr., 61st FS, shot down one German plane, June 27, 1944 Lt. James Clark by his plane Lt. James Clark
Lt. Smith Lt. Dieppi Smith Record of Lt. Clark's sorties and credits Official record of Lt. Clark's 73 sorties from May - Nov. 1944, credits (1 confirmed Fw190 kill), and medals (3 Air Medals and a DFC)
V-Mail about Lt. Clark downing Fw-190 V-mail to Lt. Clark, from his father-in-law, Mac Parker, including a newspaper clipping about Clark's aerial victory