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Henry L Ayers Jr


Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down over Belgium 28-Jul-43 baled out badly wounded. Prisoner of War (POW).

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


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter 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...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' 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...


  • 41-6238

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Crash landing due to Engine Failure at Debden/Sta 356 Cat 3 damage Pilot Lt Aubrey C Stanhope, 4-3-43. Shot down by fighters and crashed on 28 Jul 43 near Gouda, Holland. Pilot Lt Henry L Ayres POW.

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...


Event Location Date
Born Indianapolis, IN, USA 19 January 1920
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 1942 – 29 September 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 29 September 1942 – 28 July 1943

Transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK April 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 28 July 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW).

Shot Down Belgium 28 July 1943

Shot down over Belgium 28-Jul-43. Baled out badly wounded. Prisoner of War (POW).

Died San Diego, CA, USA 24 December 1971


Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 10:56:32 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2016 16:50:33 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
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Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list