Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Struck ground during strafing run, regained a little altitude, pouring black smoke from the engine before exploding, pilot Lt Leon J Cole Jr KIA. MACR 5572.
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 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Struck ground during strafing run in P-51C 42-103292, regained a little altitude, pouring black smoke from the engine before exploding, KIA. MACR 5572. PH
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
Lt. Willard G "GI" Gillette was a colourful pilot who survived a mid-air collision, taxi accidents, and the loss of his P-51's tail section in a dive. He also lost a wingman to enemy action, prior to completing his tour of duty on 25 October 1944. ...
Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Crew Chief-750
Crew chief 334th FS 4th FG 1943-45 Served in Korean and Vietnam
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...
|Crashed||50800 Villedieu-les-Poêles, France||11 June 1944|
Struck ground during strafing run, regained a little altitude, pouring black smoke from the engine before exploding, pilot Lt Leon J Cole Jr KIA. MACR 5572.
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MACR 5572 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database