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IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Pilot Officer Kenneth Le Roy Holder stands on the shoulders of Pilot Officer Donald William McLeod to reach out for an American flag flying from a flag pole. A group of American airmen look on. They wear the insignia of the RAF Eagle Squadrons, the forerunners of the squadrons of the 4th Fighter Group. Passed for publication on 27 November 1941. Printed caption on reverse: 'Pilot Officer Kenneth Le Roy Holder from Buena Park, California, stands on the shoulders of Pilot Officer Donald William McLeod from Blackstone, Massachusetts, to fix the American flag at the squadron's flying headquarters in Britain.'

Connections

Units

  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    '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...

People

  • Kenneth Holder

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, failed to return from patrol off Lincolnshire coast in Spitfire AA871. Killed in Action (KIA) 12-12-41. Body recovered from sea two weeks later.

  • Donald McLeod

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training, assigned to 121 Sqn, Malta via A/C carrier HMS Eagle, assigned to 126 Sqn, shot down 2 April 1942 in Spitfire Mk Vb[T] AB335, WIA, flown to Egypt to ferry Hurricane...

Locations

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 12:06:05 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2015 19:19:25 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and person associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:42:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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