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William Albert Arends

Military

Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, crashed in Spitfire P8595 [written off] nr Epworth, Lincolnshire, after a collision in the air with P8438 [P/O Samuel Fisk Whedon successfully deployed his chute, but killed in landing]. 3-4-42.
Lost on fighter sweep to St. Omer in Spitfire Vb EP168. On the return, attacked by a half dozen Fw190's. Managed to take one with him before succumbing to the odds. Killed in Action (KIA) 20-6-42.

Service

People

  • Donald Lambert

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS 4FG 8AF USAAF, transferred to 109th Obs Sqn, flight instructor until 1944. ...

  • George Middleton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS 4FG 8AF USAAF, shot down 26 September 1942 in Spitfire IX BS301 near Morlaix, France. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Samuel Whedon

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133 Sqn RAF Mid air collision in P8438 with P/O Wilbert A Arends in P8595 nr Epworth, Lincolnshire, baled out and successfully deployed chute, but killed in landing. 3-4-42. KOAS.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    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

    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...

Aircraft

  • EP168

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EP168 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. Delivered to No 9MU 27-5-42, assigned to 133S 13-6-42, shot down by Fw190 on sweep 20-6-42 P/O W A Arends killed.

  • P8438

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire P8438 Mk IIa, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • P8595

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire P8595 Mk IIa, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tulare, CA 93274, USA 1917

Son of Harm A and Pearl F Arends, of Tulare, California, USA.

Lived in Visalia, CA, USA 1940
Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Assigned Biggin Hill, London SE19 3HY, UK 1941

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Crashed Mid Air Epworth, North Lincolnshire, UK 3 April 1942

Crashed in Spitfire P8595 [written off] nr Epworth, Lincolnshire, after a collision in the air with P8438 [P/O Samuel Fisk Whedon successfully deployed his chute, but killed in landing]. 3-4-42.

Died Saint-Omer, France 20 June 1942

Lost on fighter sweep to St. Omer in Spitfire Vb EP168. On the return, attacked by a half dozen Fw190's. Managed to take one with him before succumbing to the odds.
Killed in Action (KIA) 20-6-42.

Buried Pihen-lès-Guînes, France 1945

Pihen-les-Guines Communal Cemetery, Pihen-les-Guines
Departement du Pas-de-Calais.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2015 14:20:46 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3498
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=151291
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Arends&GSfn=Willia...

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2015 18:36:17 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3498
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=151291
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Arends&GSfn=Willia...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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