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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 Weald in December 1941 and in February 1942 began to take part in fighter sweeps over northern France. These continued until the Squadron was transferred to the US Army Air Force on 29 September 1942, becoming the 335th Fighter Squadron of the 4th Fighter Group at Debden.'
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Commanding officers
  • Robin Powell

    Military | Wing Commander | Pilot
    Air ace with 7 destroyed, 2 shared, 1 unconfirmed destroyed, 3 probables and 4 damaged. ...

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  • 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...

Stations

Station Location Date
Based Kirton-in-Lindsey 14 May 1941 – September 1941
Based Southend-on-Sea June 1942 – September 1942
Based Debden September 1942

Connections

People

  • Thomas Allen

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RCAF, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF June 41, 12-4-41 1 x damaged and 1 x probable Bf109, ...

  • Fred Almos

    Military | Flying Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, Spitfire pilot 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Delivered Spitfire [1 of 47] to Malta from USS Wasp 20th Apr 42. Joined 126 Sqn RAF on Malta.

  • Frederick Austin

    Military | Flight Sergeant | Pilot
    Flight Sgt Frederick Carleton Austin (1918-1942), born Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.; prior to the war was employed as an Investigator by Pinkerton Detective Agency; enlisted Royal Canadian Air Force, 30-8-40; carried out his pilot training at No. 8 F.T.S. ...

  • Ernest Beatie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Joined RAFVR via Knight committee CA, USA, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU 30Hrs Hurricanes, assigned to 121S P/O, ...

  • Leon Blanding

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Leon Blanding joined the RCAF and began flying as a sergeant pilot with No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron, and he rose to the rank of Major over the course of two tours with the 4th fighter Group. ...

  • Carl Bodding

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, abandoned Spitfire AD289 on fighter sweep nr Dunkerque 28-4-42 pilot P/O Carl G Bodding killed in action (KIA).

  • Douglas Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Joined RAFVR via knight committee, service pilot training in US, Dallas Aviation school, ...

  • Frank Boyles

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 335 FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF 16-9-42, promoted to 1st Lieutenant 26-10-42, promoted to Captain 1-9-43,...

  • Robert Brossmer

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RCAF, service pilot training at Spartan Aviation College, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 133 squadron from October 28, 1941 to December 1, 1941 then 121 Squadron from late March 1942 to May 4, 1942. He was...

  • John Brown

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121S, transferred to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF, Tour expired ETD.

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Aircraft

  • W3899

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire W3899 Mk Vb, Const # 2098, Built at Eastleigh. LFLRVb ...

  • AA841

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AA841 Mk Vb, Const #2125 Built at Eastleigh. ...

  • AB908

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AB908 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • AB975

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AB975 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • AD388

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD388 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • AB974 'Bombay and Baroda Central Indian Railway III’'

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AB974 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • AD199

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD199 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BM590 'Olga'

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM590 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • AD511

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD511 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • EN918

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EN918 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

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Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2016 14:52:22 Al_Skiff Changes to category, commanding officers associations and stations
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Addition of sqn commander.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 22:44:37 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
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AAM DB Entry transfer.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 17:01:59 Lucy May Created entry with type, name, motto, insignia, description, aircraft types and unit became association
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http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/121squadron.cfm

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