In the Pilots' Dispersal Hut at Rochford airfield, personnel of No 121 (Eagle) Squadron play Poker as they await the order to 'scramble'. Left to right they are: Pilot Officer Beatie (standing, from Georgia), Pilot Officer Heppel (New Jersey), Pilot Officer Kearney (New Mexico), Flight Sergeant Blanding (South Carolina), Flight Sergeant Carpenter (standing, from Pennsylvania), Flight Officer Hasey (Oklahoma), Flight Sergeant Sanders (Tennessee) and Flight Sergeant Fred Vance (Virginia). In the rear right-hand corner of the photograph, the telephonist can be seen, along with several other personnel awaiting the call to action.
IWM Photo D 9514
'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
Joined RAFVR via Knight committee CA, USA, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU 30Hrs Hurricanes, assigned to 121S P/O,
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot
Leon Blanding joined the RCAF and began flying as a sergeant pilot with No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron, and he rose to the rank of Major over the course of two tours with the 4th fighter Group.
Military | Major | Pilot
Major Carpenter was born 14 May 1917 in Townville, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Oil City, where he graduated from high school in 1935. he attended Grove City College, meanwhile taking flight instruction under the Civilian Pilot Training Program.
Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121S, transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF, promoted to 1st Lieutenant, transferred to 6th Fighter Wing to serve as an instructor.
Military | Flight Sergeant | Pilot
121 Sqn RAF