WWII Thunderbolts from the blue.Incredible colour pictures show the young American fighter pilots who risked their lives to defend Britain in World War Two. Some are smiling, while others are deep in reflection with their lives at risk. These are part of the amazing collection of images chartering the close bond American troops who fought to defend British lives during the Second World War.
They feature the 56th Fighter Group 'Zemke's Wolfpack' which were based in north Suffolk at Halesworth (Holton) Airfield Station 365 in the early 1940s.
Kills: Fred Christensen in his fighter which is decorated with swastikas to show the number of enemy planes the ace had shot down
Targets: Two pilots from the 56th Fighter Group discussing possible strategies with the Colonel at their military base in north Suffolk
Impressive: P47 Thunderbolts at Halesworth Airfield Station ahead of WWII - the most expensive aircraft to be built using a single piston engine
Orders: Pilots gathered together at a meeting. They were affectionately known as 'Zemke's Wolfpack' in honour of their Colonel Hubert A Zemke
Heroes: Two pilots in front of a P47 at their Halesworth base ahead of the Second World War when they fought to defend the livelihood of the United Kingdom
Ready for take-off: A P47on the tarmac, one of the most expensive aircrafts used by the American and British armies and later by Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the U.S
Ready for battle: Servicemen from the 56th Fighter Group show a range of emotions at their military base ahead of their battle to defend British soil
All together: The squadron posing for a group photo on a P47 aircraft, would later set a record for their number of victories during their numerous missions
Have a break: Some pilots read newspapers as a means of unwinding while others are engaged in a game of cards over a cup of tea
On display: More than 4,000 images and artefacts are now on show at the Halesworth Airfield museum paying homage to the pilots
Dismantled: Museum committee member Buzz Took with parts of an old Thunderbolt plane that was used by the pilots during their honourary fight
The group's nickname 'Zemke's Wolfpack' was bestowed on the men by Colonel Hubert A 'Hub' Zemke who dictated the group's orders during their spell in England.
Under Zemke's stewardship the group destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any other US 8th Army Air Force Fighter Group.
They also had more fighter aces than any other US 8th Army Air Force Fighter Group with two top scoring pilots.
The group were initially deployed at Savannah Air Base in Georgia, U.S., before moving to the United Kingdom in 1943, were they took up residence until April 1945.
At first the servicemen flew P35’s and P36 aircrafts, before P39's and P40 were added to their fleet, however it wasn't until 1942 that they received P47 Thunderbolts.
More than 4,000 images are now on display at the Halesworth Airfield museum, which pays homage to all those who served between 1942 and 1946.
Museum committee member Buzz Took revealed that the collection had been sent to them by the 56th veterans group.
Speaking in The East Anglian Daily Times, he said: 'Due to the age of the veterans they decided they could not carry on.
'They wanted to sent them to a museum and at a meeting unanimously voted to send them to us which was a real feather in our cap.'
Having received thousands of images from the group, he added that he has taken many years sorting though the collection.
He added: 'I spent every night sorting different things out. It was a bit of an obsession, I suppose.'