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Leonard T Ryerson


Joined RAFVR, shipped overseas, assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, Transferred to 336FS 4FG 8AF USAAF.
Killed in Action (KIA) 26 September 1942. Crashed near Morlaix, France, out of fuel in Spitfire Mk IX BS275.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 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...

  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...


  • BS275

    Supermarine Spitfire BS275 Mk IX, Built at Rolls Royce Hucknall. ...


  • VIII Fighter Command 133 SQ. RAF

    26 September 1942
    14 aircraft and pilots took off from Great Sampford for Bolthead, Devonshire, landing there at 1230 hours. At 1350 hours and after a very sketchy briefing, 12 aircraft of the Squadron took off together with 401 with orders to make rendezvous with a...

Associated Place

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


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Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 18:22:31 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2015 12:57:56 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2014 18:56:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to events

Lee Cunningham 16-Nov-2014. KIA location event and burial info edit.

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2014 17:17:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations

Lee Cunningham 28-Oct-2014. Connection to mission within web-site data.

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 19:01:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to firstname, biography, awards and events

Lee Cunningham 22-Oct-2014. American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:20 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces by Bishop and Hey, p. 32 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list