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William Oswald Brite


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, Transferred to 6th Fighter Wing 12-42 Fighter instructor, 27 APR 43 MIA/ FOD .


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. ...

  • 6th Fighter Wing
  • 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...

  • 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...


  • P7965

    Supermarine Spitfire P7965 Mk IIa, Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

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 Indiana, USA 1917

Born - 1917 Indiana, USA.

Lived in Evansville, IN, USA 1940

Evansville, Indiana

Joined RAFVR 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 Spitfire.

Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Suffolk, UK 1941 – 13 October 1942

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK October 1942

Transferred to 6th Fighter Wing. Instructor fighters P-40.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 13 October 1942 – December 1942

Transferred to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF, USAAF.

Died Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 27 April 1943

Missing in Action MIA. Details unknown. FOD.

Buried 1945

Tablets of the Missing at both Netherlands American Cemetery Margraten, Netherlands and Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, UK.


Date Contributor Update
01 March 2016 15:00:06 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2015 10:51:26 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations