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Eugene M Potter

Military

Eugene Potter began training in the Canadian air force in the winter of 1940-41. Joined the RAF and was assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, but was not among the officers transferred to the USAAF on 29-9-42.
Flew four missions with the 334th Fighter Squadron between 8-11-42 - 17-11-42.
Assigned to the 397th FS, 368th FG, 9-3-44. Whilst on dive bombing mission, his P-47D 42-25881 collided with a Fw190 near Campeau that had emerged from the overcast directly in front of him. 7-7-44 A/C crashed near Campeau, France. KIA. MACR 6645.
Air Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters (2 silver, 1 bronze), Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Silver Star with 6 oak leaf clusters (1 silver, 1 bronze), World War II Victory Medal

Service

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 368th Fighter Group

    368th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 368th Fighter Group flew P-47s in combat from England from March 1944. In the days after D-Day the Group supported Allied ground troops fighting in the Cherbourg penisula and then around St. Lo. The Group received a DUC for flying seven missions in...

  • 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...

  • 397th Fighter Squadron
  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    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...

Aircraft

  • 42-25881

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 42-25881, assigned to the 397th FS, 368th FG, 9th AF, 9-3-44. Whilst on dive bombing mission, collided with a Fw190 near Campeau that had emerged from the overcast directly in front of him. 7-7-44 A/C crashed near Campeau,...

  • EN783

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EN783 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Associated Place

  • Chilbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as a grass airfield Relief Landing Ground for RAF Middle Wallop, Chilbolton was used as a fighter and Army Co-operation base during 1940-42. Enlarged and upgraded with a tarmac-surface hard perimeter track, some double blast pens and other...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cook County, IL, USA 13 October 1920

Born Oct. 13, 1920, Cook County, Illinois, USA.

Enlisted Cook County, IL, USA 1940

Entered the Service From: Cook County, Illinois, USA.

Pilot Training Canada October 1940 – April 1941

Began training in the Canadian air force in the winter of 1940-41.

Joined RAF Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1941 – 28 September 1942

Joined the Royal Air Force and was assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 8 November 1942 – 17 November 1942

Transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF. Flew four missions with them between 8-11-42 - 17-11-42.

Transferred Chilbolton, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20, UK 9 March 1944

Transferred to the 397th FS, 368th FG, 9-3-44.

Died Campeau, 83470, France 7 July 1944

Whilst on dive bombing mission, his P-47D 42-25881 collided with a Fw190 near Campeau that had emerged from the overcast directly in front of him. 7-7-44 A/C crashed near Campeau, France. KIA. MACR 6645.

Lived in Illinois, USA

Illinois, USA.

Buried

Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 18:06:29 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
21 September 2015 14:33:58 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename
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https://www.fold3.com/image/29099086/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56350156

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2015 14:12:29 Al_Skiff Changes to nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
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http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/g_334_...
https://www.fold3.com/image/29099086/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56350156

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2015 13:25:18 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename and firstname
Sources

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