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      Gunfighter is restored in the colors of the 343rd Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group, 66th Fighter Wing, 8th Air Force, USAAF, using the nose art "Gunfighter", providing the name by which the aircraft is widely known. The 55th Fighter Group was the first USAAF combat unit to fly over Berlin and was one of the units to provide top cover over the Invasion Beaches at Normandy on "D-Day", June 6th, 1944.

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