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Eliot Hammond Shapleigh

Military

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. On 27-May-44, Lt. Shapleigh baled out near Laon, France, in his P-51 Mustang 42-106464 because of engine trouble. He was picked up by the French Underground and hidden in a secret room in a private home until the area was overrun by American Forces who repatriated him.

Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Aircraft

  • 42-106464

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Aborted escort mission to Karlsruhe, due to engine problems, on return to base, pilot Lt Eliot H Shapleigh abandoned A/C. Evaded capture EVD. 27-May-44. MACR 5724.

  • 43-6770

    P-51 Mustang
    One-time personal aircraft of Lt Albert Schlegel and Lt Eliot H Shapleigh. ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Shafter, Presidio County, TX, USA 16 January 1921

Born Son of Martin Perry and Eva A [Goodwin] Shapleigh.

Lived in El Paso, TX, USA 1940
Enlisted El Paso, TX, USA 13 June 1942

Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 4 April 1944 – 27 April 1944

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out Reims, France 27 May 1944

Aborted escort mission to Karlsruhe, due to engine problems, on return to base, pilot Lt Eliot H Shapleigh abandoned A/C.

Evaded (EVD) France 27 May 1944

Evaded capture EVD. RTD.

Discharged USAAF 24 August 1945

Honourable discharge

Died El Paso, TX, USA 24 September 1991
Buried Evergreen Alameda Cemetery El Paso El Paso County TX 27 September 1991

Evergreen Alameda Cemetery
El Paso
El Paso County
Texas, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2021 08:51:36 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/625747943
https://www.fold3.com/record/59377725/eliot-h-shapleigh-social-security-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/84802731/eliot-h-shapleigh-wwii-army-enlist...
https://www.fold3.com/record/625792659/eliot-shapleigh-1921-veterans-aff...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/149113332/eliot-h-shapleigh

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2017 10:50:29 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry. (user: apollo11);
- Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer. (user: apollo11);
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- MACR 5724

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2016 23:29:13 WD-C Mustang Changes to biography and media associations
Sources

AAM

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2016 21:06:56 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Shapleigh&GSfn=Eli...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5724 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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