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Herbert Jude Blanchfield

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Captain Herbert Blanchfield of the 334th fighter Squadron, claimed 4.333 strafing kills within days of receiving his P-51B Mustang in early April 1944. He was shot down in P-51D Mustang 42-106767, during a strafing attack on a flak tower at Reims-Champagne airfield. Although initially evading capture, Blanchfield was eventually found by the Gestapo, and he spent the rest of the war as a POW.

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

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    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...

Aircraft

  • 42-106767

    P-51 Mustang
    Capt Herbert Blanchfield of the 334th Fighter Squadron claimed 4.333 strafing kills within days of receiving this P-51B in early April 1944. One of the first natural metal Mustangs issued to the 4th Fighter Group, its successful run came to an end on...

  • 43-6746 "Salem Representative"

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Ralph Kidd Hofer. Failed to Return, Lost in combat with Bf109's 2-Jul-44, pilot Lt Ralph K "Kidd" Hofer KIA MACR 6801.

  • 41-6187 'Quack!' 'Uncle Den'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C Thunderbolt QP-L 41-6187 of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, 8th AF. ...

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 Passaic County, NJ, USA 9 June 1920
Enlisted New York, NY, USA 22 November 1940
Lived in Paterson, NJ, USA 1941
Enlisted Canada 27 June 1941

Enlisted RCAF AV Cadet [R122589].

Flight training Moncton, NB, Canada 28 February 1942 – 18 June 1942

8 SFTS (RCAF) Moncton - Course 50: February 28 - June 18, 1942.

Based Debden 13 August 1943 – 9 May 1944

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

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 5 December 1943

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 28 January 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Evaded (EVD) France 9 May 1944 – June 1944

Evaded capture initially.

Shot down / Baled out Putteville, 10500 Rosnay-l'Hôpital, France 9 May 1944

Shot down in a strafing attack on a flak tower at Reims-Champagne airfield. Baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4685.

Promotion Barth, Germany 15 May 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died Wyckoff, NJ, USA 24 January 2001

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2017 23:35:54 WD-C Mustang Changes to middlename
Sources

'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 15:18:09 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 07:08:09 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Blanchfield
https://www.fold3.com/page/83499155_herbert_j%20blanchfield/details/
http://rcafmoncton.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/co-38.html

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 11:24:43 apollo11 Changes to biography
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 11:23:55 apollo11 Changes to highest rank and biography
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 16:31:19 apollo11 Changes to highest rank, role, events and place associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4685 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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