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The 4th Fighter Group's legendary nose art artist S/Sgt Don Allen applis kill markings to Nicholas Megura's P-51B Mustang 'ILL WIND?'.
The Eighth Air Force was unique in the USAAF for giving ground kills the same status as aircraft that were shot down.



  • 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...


  • Donald Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. S/Sgt Allen was a talented artist, who was kept busy with nose art requests from pilots of the 334th Fighter Squadron. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME (6 Battle stars), Good Conduct Medal.

  • Nicholas Megura

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Nicholas Megura was born on 28 July 1920 at Ansonia, Connecticut. ...


  • 43-6636 'Ill Wind?'

    P-51 Mustang
    One time personal aircraft of Captain Nocholas "Cowboy" Megura. ...


  • 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
25 April 2015 19:07:14 apollo11 Changes to caption

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

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 19:05:55 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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