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Major Michael G H 'Wee Mike' McPharlin HQ Sqn 339 FG, 8th AF USAAF, was a P/O on 71 [Eagle] Squadron RAF and elected not to transfer to 334th FS, 4th FG. Pictured alongside his P-51B 42-106909 6N-Z 'Wee Ginny'. Lost in this A/C 6-6-44 over Normandy.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • Headquarters Squadron (339th Fighter Group)
  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' 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...


  • Michael McPharlin

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot
    Michael McPharlin, known as Mike or "Wee Mike" was a P/O on 71 Eagle Squadron RAF. He had joined the RCAF from Hastings, Michigan, and after completing his flying training he transferred into the Royal Air Force. He named his plane "Wee Ginny". He made...



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23 February 2016 20:58:10 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

Date Contributor Update
07 October 2015 21:55:19 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations