Assigned to Lt Robert F Nelson 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Re-Assigned to Lt Thomas K McDill 24-May-44. On an escort mission 15 miles NW of Stuttgart, shot down by Luftwaffe Leutnant Franz Koplik who was flying an Bf109G-6. POW - (Stalag Luft III, Sagan) MACR 5721.
Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...
The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: Bronze Star, WWII Victory, EAME (6 battle stars), Good conduct.
Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
John T Godfrey was born in Canada, but his parents moved to Rhode Island when he was young. At the outbreak of war he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He transferred to the 8th Air Force in August 1943 and earned fame as the wing man of Ace,...
Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
Participated in Operation FRANTIC II, the Russia Shuttle mission but after departure from Italy had to return to base because of mechanical issues. On 30 August 1944 he was designated Assistant Squadron Operations and Gunnery Officer.
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
Assigned 336FS, 4FG 8AF USAAF. 30 combat missions. On an escort mission 15 miles NW of Stuttgart, shot down in P-51 43-6633 by Luftwaffe Leutnant Franz Koplik who was flying a Bf109G-6. POW (Stalag Luft III, Sagan) MACR 5721. ...
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
Robert Nelson was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His formal education ended when he began a photo engraving apprenticeship. He started flying in 1938 with Waco F-2s and was licensed in 1939. In 1940 he joined the RCAF. Two years later, stuck as a staff...
Military site : airfield
RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...
|E/A destroyed||Münster, Germany||23 March 1944|
Bf109 destroyed Munster. Pilot John T Godfrey.
|Crashed||Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK||29 April 1944|
Landing Accident Debden/Sta 356 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Ira E Grounds, 29-Apr-44.
336FS 4FG 8AF.
|Crashed||Stuttgart, Germany||25 May 1944 – 25 May 1944|
On an escort mission 15 miles NW of Stuttgart, shot down by Luftwaffe Leutnant Franz Koplik who was flying an Bf109G-6. POW - (Stalag Luft III, Sagan) MACR 5721.
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MACR 5721 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database