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Cartoon of the "Debden Aces:, 4th FG.

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Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    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...

People

  • Duke Alsatian

    Military | Mascot
    Duke, a Alsatian dog, was the 334th Fighter Squadron's mascot. He was known as infamous and irrepressible and can be seen in more than a dozen 4th Fighter Group photos. He was formerly owned by another but when his owner died (KIA) Kidd Hofer of the...

  • Vincent Baietti

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Armament chief
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME (6 Battle Stars), Good Conduct.

  • Duane Beeson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Duane W Beeson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941, by February 1942 he had completed over 200 hours of flying and was transferred to Britain to join No. 71 (Eagle) Squadron, RAF 24 days later he joined the 4th Fighter Group in September 1942....

  • Donald Blakeslee

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot / Commanding Officer 4th FG
    Don Blakeslee was born on 11 September 1917 in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. As a boy, he became captivated with planes while watching the Cleveland National Air Races held only 30 miles away from his home at 529 7th St, Fairport Harbor, Ohio. In 1938,...

  • Oscar Coen

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 Squadron Commander
    Oscar Coen was born in Wallum, North Dakota on 11 May 1917. He spent his boyhood on a Wisconsin dairy farm. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a bachelor of science degree. ...

  • 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...

  • John Godfrey

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    John T Godfrey was born in Canada, but his parents moved to Rhode Island when he was young. At the outbreak of war he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He transferred to the 8th Air Force in August 1943 and earned fame as the wing man of Ace,...

  • James Goodson

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Major Goodson was a U.S. citizen born in New York City on 21 March 1921 of British parents. He was raised in Toronto, Canada, by his mother following his father's death. In 1939, upon graduation from high school, he had no money but a desire to meet...

  • George Green

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Captain George D. Green is famous for his daring piggyback rescue of Major Pierce McKennon, his Squadron CO, in a P-51 Mustang on 18 March 1945. ...

  • Howard Hively

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot
    Howard Hively hailed from Columbus, Ohio, and Norman, Oklahoma. While becoming interested in oil leases and attempting to form an aero-exploration firm, he saw a poster in a Dallas hotel inviting him to join the RAF's Eagle Squadrons. He applied, was...

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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...

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Date Contributor Update
28 August 2018 11:46:39 general ira snapsorter Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Poster provided by Mr. Vincent J. Baietti of Plymouth, MA. USA, 4th FG.
Cartoonist is Jesse L. Rezendes of Carver, Mass. USA.

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