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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 Spitfires until the arrival of P-47 Thunderbolts in 1943. A year later they changed to P-51 Mustangs, which they kept until the end of the war. The 334th was the top scoring squadron of the three squadrons in the 4th Fighter Group, with 395 kills.

Structure

Part of
  • 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...

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Previously was
  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

Became
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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Debden 12 September 1942

Connections

People

  • Charles Abbott

    Military | GP

  • Norman Achen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by Flak whilst strafing a ground target in P-51 43-6882, performed a belly landing in the vicinity of Lake Zwischenahner. Last contacted by radio. POW. 15-Aug-44. MACR 8147.

  • Robert Ackerly

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • James Adams

    Military | GP

  • Vincent Agnello

    Military | GP

  • Walter Algeo

    Military | Private | Ground Personnel
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  • Donald Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. S/Sgt Allen was a talented artist, who was kept busy with nose art requests from pilots of the 334th Fighter Squadron. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME (6 Battle stars), Good Conduct Medal.

  • Eacott Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Eacott Garvin Allen (listed as Garvin Allen in the US 1930 Census for Robstown, Nueces County, Texas, where his widowed mother is listed as Lucy L. Allen) was born and raised in Texas. His father, William C. Allen died in 1928 in Robstown, Texas and...

  • Kenneth Allen

    Military | Corporal | Ground personal

  • Luke Allen

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    From Ignacio, Colorado. Volunteering for the RAF just as the Battle of Britain was reaching its climax, Luke joined 71 (Eagle) Squadron RAF, flying his first combat operation in April 1941 on Hurricanes. ...

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Aircraft

  • 41-6587

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C-5-RE 41-6587 was assigned to the 4FG/334FS at Debden UK. On 3-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Ivan R. Moon, took off from Halesworth as a more forward location and was despatched with other fighters from 4FG to provide escort to B-17s...

  • 42-103292

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Struck ground during strafing run, regained a little altitude, pouring black smoke from the engine before exploding, pilot Lt Leon J Cole Jr KIA. MACR 5572.

  • 42-103791

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Whilst on mission to provide top cover for 335FS, section were bounced by Bf109's. A/C received multiple hits and caught fire, forcing pilot to bail out. Pilot 2nd Lt Dean Lange wounded in left arm by cannon fire,...

  • 42-106441

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG 8AF USAAF. A/C abandoned an hour into mission to Posen. Pilot bailed out for unknown reasons 30 miles E of Southwold, Suffolk. ASR A/C spotted him in the Channel 9 minutes after launching 150 yards from his dinghy, struggling...

  • 42-106636

    P-51 Mustang
    This Mustang was flown by Lt Hipolitus T. Biel when it was lost on 24 April 1944. Statement in the Missing Air Crew report - MACR 4311 : "No report from Lt. Biel after Group encountered 34 Fw190 and Me109s. No one reports seeing Lt Biel go down."

  • 42-106650

    P-51 Mustang
    One-time aircraft of Lt. Col. James Averell Clark. A/C last seen while the group was climbing to meet 50-75 inbound German fighters over Budapest. Pilot Lt Thomas Sharp could not get tanks to drop, he was ordered to return to base. He was not heard...

  • 42-106682

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Aircraft struck by flak while strafing an airdrome NW of Berlin. Pilot Lt John Barden bailed out at 1,000ft landing just south of the village of Liebenrode, Germany. Taken by villagers to Nordhausen, he was reported...

  • 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...

  • 42-106823

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Mid-air collision on 8 June 1944 with P-51 # 43-7150 in dive-bombing manoeuvre; propeller ripped tail off other A/C (pilot killed). 42-106823 was last seen in unpowered glide. Its pilot, 2nd Lt Eacott G. Allen, bailed...

  • 42-106846

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return [FTR]. Reported shot down by the Germans in Northern France, aircraft crashing near Aumont. Pilot Lt Richard Bopp POW. MACR 5726.

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Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 20:19:25 apollo11 Changes to unit part of associations, unit encompassing associations and unit previously was association
Sources

'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th Fighter Group' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
02 March 2015 20:01:42 apollo11 Changes to type, nicknames, description, aircraft types and stations
Sources

Personal research & information collected from 'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th Fighter Group' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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