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A group of 4th Fighter Gropu pilots relaxing between missions. Left to right: Ervin "Dusty" Miller, Robert "Doug" Hobert, Leicester "Bish" Bishop, Dominic "Don" Gentile, Robert "Bob" Messenger, Andrew "Steve" Stephenson, and William Slade. The numbered aircraft in the background denote training P-47s used by the 4th in the early part of 1943 flown while transitioning the pilots from the Spitfires they had previously used. The serial number of the '47 in the foreground is 41-6132.



  • 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...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...


  • Leicester Bishop

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. End Tour of Duty (ETD). ...

  • 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...

  • Robert Hobert

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Robert Hobert was from Woodland, Washington. He was assigned to the 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF and transferred to the 336th fighter squadron, 4th Fighter Group, in May 1943 staying until April 1944. ...

  • Robert Messenger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Crashed for unknown reasons possible W of Gardelegen on an escort to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in P-51B 43-6630. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Erwin Miller

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    A native of Oakland, California, Miller had previously been a member of No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron prior to the unit becoming the 336th Fighter Squadron. ...

  • William Slade

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF 4-42, transferred to 336th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 29-9-42, promoted 2nd Lt, tour expired.

  • Andrew Stephenson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Retired from the USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel 1966.


  • 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
06 February 2017 21:34:19 WD-C Mustang Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
'Escort to Berlin' by Gary Fry and Jeff Ethel