WWII history of the:

86th Fighter Group
*
May '44 - Mar '46

*When the Association was formed in 1980, the membership opted for the name 86th Fighter-Bomber Group Association as more descriptive of its role in the Mediterranean and European theaters of operation.
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Capt. John P. (Jack) Botten (Pilot) flew the Republic P-47 with the 525th Fighter-Bomber Squadron.  His personal photo album:                   Pages 1-20     Pages 21-40     Pages 41-54    Pages 55-67

527th Fighter-Bomber Squadron Washington, DC   June 21-22, 1980.  Our first post-WWII Reunion.
Lt. Dale R. Garrels (Pilot) flew the North American A-36 with the 310th and the 526th Fighter-Bomber Squadron in Africa and Italy.  His hand written journal:       Pages 1-39

More reunion photos to be published here soon.  

Lt. Cliff Harrison (Pilot) flew the Republic P-47 with the 526th Fighter-Bomber Squadron.  His personal photo album:  Pages 1-10  Pages 11-20

More reunion photos to be published here soon.  

Lt. Jim Michaud (Pilot) flew a variety of fighter bomber type aircraft with the the 526th Fighter-Bomber Squadron.  His personal photo album:        Pages 1-22          Pages 23-44

More reunion photos to be published here soon.  
Lt. Benjamin Rosman (Pilot) flew the Republic P-47 with the 527th Fighter-Bomber Squadron.  Click on the link below to read his personal story. 

               http://jugpilot.com/life.htm

      
Photo of an actual post card donated by Paul Jarvis of Phoenix, Arizona 527th Fighter-Bomber Sqdn, Oklahoma City, OK. June 25-27 1981.

Photo taken by William G. Russell (Pilot) when the 526th was flying out of Pomigliano, Italy in late 1943. Henry Henroid (Intelligence Officer) kneeling, Bill Kelly (Pilot) standing and Robert C. Rice Jr. (Pilot) getting shoes shined before goin' on a mission.
 

Photos of the 86th's FBG Memorial Book 50th  Anniversary, 1995.  Pages 1-10  Pages 11-20  Pages 21-30  Pages 31-40  Pages 41-46

Lt. Robert C. Rice Jr. (Pilot) with the 526 Fighter- Bomber Squadron, boarding PT-17 Stearman trainer.    
    Pictured at the Associations' 26th consecutive annual reunion in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  September 2005.  left to right, Dr. John E. Thompson, M.D. retired (P-47 pilot and P.O.W.), Daniel R. "Bucky" O'Connor, Water Commisioner retired at 93 years young (Crew Chief), and Lt. Col. Tony "Voodoo" Eret, Operations Director, 527th Space Agressor Squadron, Schriever AFB, CO, the present day reincarnation of our WWII outfit.