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Although seen here with a P-51B Mustang in early March 1944, 1st Lt. John Godfrey, Capt. Don Gentile, 1st Lt. Peter Lehman, Capt. Jim Goodson and 1st Lt. Willard Millikan were all veteran P-47 pilots.
Godfrey, Goodson and Millikan would all end up as PoWs, Lehman was killed while testing a Mustang and Gentile was sent home after pranging his P-51B following his tour's final mission.

Connections

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...

People

  • Dominic Gentile

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Don Gentile was born on December 6, 1920, to Italian parents in Piqua, Ohio. As a boy, he had always been fascinated with flying and built, as his mother remembered, hundreds of model airplanes. Don used to say to his mother, “I hope someday I'll be...

  • John Godfrey

    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,...

  • James Goodson

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Major Goodson was a U.S. citizen born in New York City on 21 March 1921 of British parents. He was raised in Toronto, Canada, by his mother following his father's death. In 1939, upon graduation from high school, he had no money but a desire to meet...

  • Peter Lehman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Son of the governor of New York City. Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed during a training excercise near Littlebury, Essex on 31 Mar 1944 in P-51B #43-6844. KIFA.

  • Willard Millikan

    Military | Major General | Pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Stendall, Germany. Post combat, climbing out, section flew through intense and accurate flak, one aircaft suffered direct hit and in the ensuing avoidance of debris, suffered...

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
21 April 2015 21:25:42 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

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

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