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William R Dunn was officially recognized in 1968 as the first American ace of WWII. Seen here at the seat of his fighter P7308 XR-D in RAF uniform, he had joined the Canadian army in 1939 and answered an appeal for pilots who had more than 500 hours of flying time.

Connections

Units

  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

People

  • William Dunn

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Bill Dunn was born on November 16, 1916, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 19, 1934, and served as an infantryman until receiving an honorable discharge on November 22, 1935. Dunn enlisted in the Canadian Army on...

Aircraft

  • P7308

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa P7308, built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

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...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 16:53:19 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3109647/The-Americans-fight-Nazi...

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2015 23:03:45 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3109647/The-Americans-fight-Nazi...

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