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336th Fighter Squadron

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 Force. They were transferred to the US 4th Fighter Group, based at Debden Aerodrome, England, and they were known as "The Rocketeers".
The squadron flew Spitfires until American P-47 Thunderbolts became available in sufficient numbers to equip the group in 1943. A year later the group was re-equipped with P-51 Mustangs, which became the standard until the end of the war.
The 336th Squadron was credited with the destruction of 358 enemy aircraft. The group was deactivated at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, on 10 November 1945 after the war's end.

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...

  • 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...

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Previously was
  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    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...

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  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    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...

Stations

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Connections

People

  • Richard Abbott

    Military | Sergeant | 4th Fighter Group

  • George Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | 4th Fighter Group

  • John Adams

    Military | Sergeant | 4th Fighter Group

  • Warren Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief | 4th Fighter Group

  • Harry Albersmeier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 4th Fighter Group

  • Richard Alexander

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in October 1940, and was awarded his pilot wings on September 15, 1941, joining the 133 Eagle Squadron in England. Alexander was credited with destroying 1 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, plus 1 probable, before...

  • Carl Alfred

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Carl was from Atwater, Ohio, and was assigned to the 4th Fighter Group, 336th Squadron from 12 July 1944 to 16 April 1945. While strafing Praha Airfield in Czechoslovakia his plane was hit by flak, went into a shallow dive, and exploded upon impact. ...

  • Paul Allen

    Military | Corporal | 4th Fighter Group

  • Carl Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 4th Fighter Group

  • Donald Anderson

    Military | GP | 4th Fighter Group

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Aircraft

  • 41-6194 'Death Takes a Holiday'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-103287

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Rouen area, made 3 passes to strafe a truck convoy over a grass airfield and was shot down by flak on 6-Jun-44. Pilot Lt Harold H Fredericks evaded capture and was returned...

  • 42-103332

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Rouen area. A/C hit by flak in engine attempting to bomb train in ravine, engine oil spilling from nose to tail. A/C abandoned Lyons area. Pilot 1st Lt Oscar Lajeunesse baled...

  • 42-103796

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Strausberg 28-Aug-44. Pilot 1st Lt Ferris Harris KIA. MACR 8301.

  • 42-106669 'Conjon IV'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Conrad Netting III. Named 'Conrad IV' for his unborn son. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Evreux, struck trees on pull-up from a strafing run on a truck convoy. 10-Jun-44 - Pilot 2nd Lt...

  • 42-106797 'Donna Gayle'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Named for Capt Otey M Glass Jr's baby daughter. A/C struck by cannon fire while pursuing an Bf109, engine gave out while exiting the area. Pilot Capt Otey M Glass Jr evaded EVD - was hidden by a French family on their...

  • 42-106856

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost strafing Valence aerodrome, on pull out A/C seen to be streaming glycol, last seen heading for Switzerland. A/C abandoned 29 April 44 - Major Frederick W "Freddie" Glover Evaded MACR 5286.

  • 42-75392 'Spunky'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Robert J Messenger. Transferred to 377FS, 362FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from strafing mission, hit trees strafing armed vehicles on edge of woods. With a dead engine pilot Lt Robert...

  • 42-7939

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. A/C failed to return, crashed near Amiens 14-Jul-43 Lt Ward K Wortman KIA. MACR 3149.

  • 42-8528

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 313FS, 50FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) support mission to Vande. Shot down by Fw190 whilst strafing enemy trucks, pilot 2nd Lt John R Nowlin KIA. 30-Jul-44. MACR 7403.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2016 21:25:13 WD-C Mustang Changes to unit previously was association
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Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 20:15:48 apollo11 Changes to type, nicknames, description, aircraft types, unit part of associations, unit encompassing associations, unit previously was association and unit became association
Sources

'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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