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David Runyon Allen

Military

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 2nd Scouting Force. Transferred to 358FS, 355FG 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 354FG. Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Service

Units served with

  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 2nd Scouting Force
  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • 358th Fighter Squadron

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...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Paterson, NJ, USA 15 July 1920
Lived in Saddle River, NJ 07458, USA 1940
Crashed Bush Rd, Avondale, CO 81022, USA 19 July 1942

Forced Landing due to Engine Failure 4 miles NE of Bush, Colorado Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt David R Allen, 19-Jul-42.

L-3B 42-36313 1AAFGTD

Crashed Muncie, IN, USA 2 November 1943

Take Off Accident Muncie, Indiana Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt David R Allen, 2-Nov-43.

L-4A 42-7818 HqSq GCTC

Transferred Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 8 March 1945 – 13 May 1945

Transferred to the 355th Fighter Group.

Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 16 April 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 13 May 1945 – 15 September 1945

Transferred to 335th Fighter Squadron.

Transferred Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 15 September 1945 – 18 September 1945

Transferred to 354th Fighter Group.

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK 18 September 1945

Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Buried Saddle River, NJ 07458, USA July 1988

Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery
Saddle River
Bergen County
New Jersey, USA.

Died Louisville, KY, USA 24 July 1988

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2016 12:15:13 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah;
- http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/pilots.html ;
- His wife

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2016 18:09:11 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Allen
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Allen%2C+David+R
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Allen&GSfn=David&G...

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2015 09:19:26 apollo11 Changes to role, events and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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