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Lieutenant Robert Boock, Lieutenant James Clarke, Captain William T O'Regan, Lieutenant-Colonel Chesley G Peterson, Captain Richard McMinn, Captain Stanley Anderson and Captain Oscar Coen of the 4th Fighter Group with a Spitfire at Debden Passed by the U.S. Army censor on 30 March 1943.

Printed caption attached to print:
'Lt. Col. Chesley G. Peterson D.S.O., D.F.C., U.S. Army Air Force 4th (crossed through with censor's red pencil) Group Britain, who formerly commanded the old Eagle Squadron, seen at an Air Force station somewhere in England with his flight group.'
And '23478. Lt. Col. Chesley G. Peterson (centre) in front of his Spitfire has a talk with his flight group, and they seem very pleased with the raid they are going to carry out. S&G D.M.'

L-R: Bob Boock, Jim Clark, Abe O'Regan, Chesley Peterson, Dick McMinn (in back), Stan Anderson, Oscar Coen.

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Lieutenant Robert Boock, Lieutenant James Clarke, Captain William T O'Regan, Lieutenant-Colonel Chesley G Peterson, Captain Richard McMinn, Captain Stanley Anderson and Captain Oscar Coen of the 4th Fighter Group with a Spitfire at Debden Passed by the U.S. Army censor on 30 March 1943.

Printed caption attached to print:
'Lt. Col. Chesley G. Peterson D.S.O., D.F.C., U.S. Army Air Force 4th (crossed through with censor's red pencil) Group Britain, who formerly commanded the old Eagle Squadron, seen at an Air Force station somewhere in England with his flight group.'
And '23478. Lt. Col. Chesley G. Peterson (centre) in front of his Spitfire has a talk with his flight group, and they seem very pleased with the raid they are going to carry out. S&G D.M.'

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

  • Stanley Anderson

    Military | Captain | fighter pilot-1055 single engine
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 71[Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF. ...

  • Robert Boock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 26 January 1943 (Returned To Duty - RTD). On 6 April 1943, smoke in the cockpit forced a landing 3.5 miles off the coast of North...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • Richard McMinn

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF, ...

  • William O'Regan

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, assigned to 71S, transfer to 334th FS, 4th FG, ...

  • Chesley Peterson

    Military | Major General | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander
    Whilst serving with No. 71 Eagle Squadron, he was promoted to Flt Lt - the first American in the Eagle Squadrons to be promoted above the enlisted rank of Pilot Officer. ...

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
30 January 2019 09:13:07 Emily Changes to caption, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Associated James Clarke

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 15:18:28 Al_Skiff Changes to caption, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

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

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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