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William Brewster Morgan


Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training,
assigned 71S, credited damaged Fw190 2-10-42, transferred to 336th FS 4th FG,
shot down Bf109 21-5-43, shot down baled out, crashed into North Sea on 21 May 43 in P-47 42-8644 'N-Lilliput'. Hospitalized in Brussels for weeks before being sent to POW camp. Prisoner of War (POW).

AM, PH, POW Medal, WW II Victory Medal.



  • James Gray

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Pilot
    James Gray was in college and taking a civilian pilot training course when the European war began. "I tried for the U.S. Army Air Corps and couldn’t pass the physical," he says. "I heard that the British were recruiting pilots for the Royal Air Force....

  • George Sperry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Sperry had a private pilot's licence before he joined RAFVR in 1940. He was assigned to No 133 Squadron of the RAF then, transferred to 336FS, 4FG 8AF USAAF. ...

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter 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...

  • 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. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...


  • 42-8644 "Lilliput"

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return [FTR] from Rodeo to Ostend. Put aircraft down in the North Sea off Ostend, Pilot William Brewster Morgan captured by the Germans. Hospitalized in Brussels for weeks before being sent to POW camp. 21...

  • 41-6191

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    One-time aircraft of [then] Lt Henry L "Hank" Mills. Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF. Transferred to 397FS 368FG 9AF.

  • AB199 'Mespotamia'

    Supermarine Spitfire AB199 Mk Vb, Const #2391, Built at Eastleigh. ...

  • BL550

    Supermarine Spitfire BL550 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. 12MU 5-1-42 412S 5-1-42 FA AC 9-3-42 ASTH 71S 29-8-42 334FS USAAF 1-10-42 52OTU 5-10-43 FLS 2-2-44 Scottish Aviation 7-4-44 Basta mods 41OTU 21-9-44 SOC 11-6-45

  • BL383

    Supermarine Spitfire BL383 Mk Vb CBAF M45 ...

  • 42-7919 'Lilliput'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 23rd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group, 9AF USAAF.


  • VIII Fighter Command

    2 October 1942
    1FG despatches 31 P-38s to escort bombers attacking the aircraft factory at Meaulte, France, sustaining one loss. 1FG also despatches 34 Spitfires on a sweep over the English Channel; 52FG despatches 7 Spitfires on a sweep over the English Channel; 4FG...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO - 26 SWEEP & PATROL

    21 May 1943
    The main operation for the fighter groups today is a sweep of the Ostend/Ghent coastal area by a combined force of 105 P-47s from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG. 3 P-47s are MIA but 2 are due to a mid-air collision, 2 pilots KIA; and 1 loss due to abandonedment of...

Associated Place

  • 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...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


Event Location Date
Born Honolulu, HI, USA 30 July 1917

Born 30 July 1917 Honolulu, HI, USA.

Lived in Honolulu, HI, USA 1940

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA 1940

Service pilot training in US.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1940

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom 1941

Operational training at OTU. Conversion to Hurricane and Spitfires.

Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Suffolk, UK 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 15 September 1942

Transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 15-9-42.

E/A Damaged Saint-Omer, France 2 October 1942

On Circus 221, credited a damaged Fw190 2-10-42.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1943

Transferred to 336th FS, 4th FG.

E/A kill Ostend, Belgium 21 May 1943

Shot down Bf109 21-5-43. Ostend/Ghent Area.

Shot down by E/A North Sea 21 May 1943

Shot down WIA and baled out, crashed into North Sea on 21 May 43 in P-47 42-8644 'N-Lilliput'.

Hospitalised Brussels, Belgium 21 May 1943 – 11 June 1943

Hospitalised under guard in Brussels for weeks before being sent to POW camp.

Prison Of War POW Stalag Luft III Zagan, Poland 11 June 1943 – 1945

Prison Of War POW. Stalag Luft III.

Post War Hawaii, USA 1946 – 1994

Post War Career - Successful career in the insurance industry in Hawaii.

Died Kaneohe, HI, USA 1 July 1994

Died 1 July 1994 Kaneohe, HI, USA.


Date Contributor Update
22 March 2016 14:54:11 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, events, aircraft associations and media associations

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26 February 2016 13:21:28 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.

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09 October 2015 12:49:55 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.

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27 September 2014 18:27:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.1 by Bishop & Hey p. 132 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list