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Captain James A. Clark holds the front paws of a German Shepherd dog (Duke). In the background is a P-47 Thunderbolt (QP-W), of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, which was based at Debden air base. October 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'American Thunderbolt fighters are proving a terror to the Germans. The pilots (former members of the R.A.F.) flying their high altitude fast diving fighters that have accounted for many enemy planes. On raid over Paris the fighters of this station accounted for 17 downs, 5 probables and one damaged. 15/10/43.'

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Captain James A. Clark holds the front paws of a German Shepherd dog. In the background is a P-47 Thunderbolt (QP-W), of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, which was based at Debden air base. October 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'American Thunderbolt fighters are proving a terror to the Germans. The pilots (former members of the R.A.F.) flying their high altitude fast diving fighters that have accounted for many enemy planes. On raid over Paris the fighters of this station accounted for 17 downs, 5 probables and one damaged. 15/10/43.'

Connections

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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

People

  • James Clark

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Deputy Commanding Officer
    Initially assigned to the 71st Eagle Squadron in June 1942. With the founding of the 4th Fighter Group that September, he was assigned to the 334th Squadron, where he eventually became its Commanding Officer. ...

  • Duke the 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...

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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2016 21:06:29 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2016 00:07:32 mpfaley Changes to caption
Sources

Michael P Faley

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:21:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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