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Edwin Dale Taylor

Military

Joined RAFVR, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121S, transferred to 133S.
31-5-42 Fw190 Damaged, 31-7-42 3 x E/A Destroyed 1 x Damaged, WIA.
Hospitalised for wounds received.
Nomination for DFC lost in change of squadron command.
406FS 371FG 9AF Sqn C/O ranked Major, July, 1943, to September, 1944.

Service

Units served with

  • 371st Fighter Group
  • 406th Fighter Squadron
  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

  • 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

  • BL807

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL807 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. Delivered to No 39 MU 14-2-42, assigned to 601S 9-3-42, transferred to 133S 14-4-42, FACA 24-5-42, FACE 28-7-42, SOC 13-8-42.

  • BM591

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM591 Mk Vb, 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.

  • Bisterne

    Military site : airfield
    Built as an Advanced Landing Ground for the RAF in 1943, it was developed for use by the Ninth Air Force in 1943-1944. The 371st Fighter Group used the airfield, before it was closed and returned to agriculture in 1944-45.

  • 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...

  • Eagle Squadrons Memorial

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born 20 January 1918

Born January 20, 1918.

Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 1941 – 1942

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred 1942 – 31 July 1942

Transferred to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

E/A Damaged 31 May 1942

Fw190 Damaged.

E/A Destroyed 31 July 1942

3 x E/A Destroyed 1 x Damaged, WIA.

Hospitalised 31 July 1942

Hospitalised for wounds received.

Transferred Bisterne, Ringwood, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24, UK July 1943 – September 1944

Transferred to 406th FS, 371st FG, 9AF. Sqn C/O ranked Major. July, 1943, to September, 1944.

Crashed Camp Springs, MD, USA 4 October 1943

Taxiing accident Camp Springs AAF, DC. Cat 3 damage Pilot Maj Edwin D Taylor, 4-10-43.

P-47D 42-8032

D-Day Veteran Hambye, France 6 June 1944

Led P-47 mission with 406FS, 371FG, 9AF on D-Day. Mission #1 Dive bombing and strafing of railway yards.

D-Day Veteran Isigny-sur-Mer, France 6 June 1944

Led P-47 mission with 406FS, 371FG, 9AF on D-Day. Mission #2 Dive bombing of gun emplacements.

Crashed Strother Field-Wld (WLD), Winfield, KS 67156, USA 30 May 1945

Take Off Accident Engine Failure at Strother AAF KS Cat 4 damage pilot Maj Edwin D Taylor, 30-5-45.

P-47D 44-32933 269th CCTS.

Crashed Avenger Field (SWW), Sweetwater, TX 79556, USA 28 August 1945

Taxiing accident Avenger Field, TX, Cat 3 damage pilot Maj Edwin D Taylor, 28-8-45.

P-47D 44-90299 261st CCTS.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2019 16:36:04 Emily Changes to role, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations
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Brought together information from duplicate record

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2017 00:33:32 fugari Changes to nickname, role, awards, events and media associations
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Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 21:00:06 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
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EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123413568
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Taylor%2C+Edwin+D

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2015 14:23:10 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123413568
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Taylor%2C+Edwin+D

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2015 13:59:44 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

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

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