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North American P-51B Mustang QP-E, Serial No. 42-106767, flown by Lt. Herbert J. Blanchfield was one of the first natural metal finish Mustangs to join the 4th Fighter Group in May 1944.
On 9 May 1944, Lt. Blanchfield was shot down in this aircraft and became a POW.



  • 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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    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...


  • Herbert Blanchfield

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Captain Herbert Blanchfield of the 334th fighter Squadron, claimed 4.333 strafing kills within days of receiving his P-51B Mustang in early April 1944. He was shot down in P-51D Mustang 42-106767, during a strafing attack on a flak tower at Reims...


  • 42-106767

    P-51 Mustang
    Capt Herbert Blanchfield of the 334th Fighter Squadron claimed 4.333 strafing kills within days of receiving this P-51B in early April 1944. One of the first natural metal Mustangs issued to the 4th Fighter Group, its successful run came to an end on...


  • 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 16:39:35 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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