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Lt. James W. Russell of the 335th Fighter Squadron, aided by his crew chief, S/Sgt William A. Taylor, drains water from an RAF "Frank" G-suit.
The 4th Fighter Group tried this this type of protection against the high G-loads encountered in combat.



  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...


  • James Russell

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    On 11 September 1944, 1st Lt. Russell had just destroyed an Fw 190 when another fighter hit him in the cockpit of his P-51 Mustang 44-14158 with a 20mm round which exploded in his cockpit and wounded him. Near Fulda, when his aircraft started to burn, ...

  • William Taylor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    One-time crew chief for Lt. James W. Russell.


  • Debden

    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...


Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 13:18:40 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.