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Groundcrew survey the landing gear of P-47C 'WELA KAHAO!'.
Assigned to 1st Lts. Stanley Anderson and Walter 'Lulu' Hollander of the 334th Fighter Squadron, the Thunderbolt's art was created by prolific 4th Fighter Group crew chief Don Allen to honour Hollander's Honolulu, Hawaii, home, but the pilot was transferred to the 6th Fighter Wing before he could fly any missions in this particular aircraft.

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Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    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

    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...

People

  • Stanley Anderson

    Military | Captain | fighter pilot-1055 single engine
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 71[Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF. ...

  • Walter Hollander

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Captain Hollander hailed from Honolulu, hence his nickname 'Lulu' and the nose art on his P-47 Thunderbolt. He was initially a pilot in 71 'Eagle' Squadron RAF, was later transferred to the 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF.

Aircraft

  • 41-6538 WELA KAHAO!, Flak Bait

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    This aircraft was the mount of Captains Walter J. Hollander and Stanley M. M. Anderson of the 334th fighter Squadron whilst it was with the 4th Fighter Group. ...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 20:34:11 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholz.

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