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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Capt Howard "Deacon" Hively. A/C Lost, shot down in melee with fifteen plus enemy aircraft 6-Jun-44 Evreux, France, pilot Major Winslow M "Mike" Sobanski KIA. MACR 5603.



  • 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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter 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...


  • Vincent Andra

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time crew chief for Colonel Louis 'Red Dog'Norley. Assigned to participate in Op FRANTIC II, the Russia Shuttle mission. The B-17 he was assigned to was involved in a taxi accident, heading to the runway and was...

  • Howard Hively

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Howard Hively hailed from Columbus, Ohio, and Norman, Oklahoma. While becoming interested in oil leases and attempting to form an aero-exploration firm, he saw a poster in a Dallas hotel inviting him to join the RAF's Eagle Squadrons. He applied, was...

  • Winslow Sobanski

    Military | Major | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Sobanski was born on 29-Jul-19 while his mother was visiting her sister on holiday from Poland. Shortly after Mike was born he and his mother returned to Poland, where Mike received his education. ...


  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.


  • 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
Crashed Évreux, France 6 June 1944

A/C Lost, shot down in melee with fifteen plus enemy aircraft 6-Jun-44, pilot Major Winslow M "Mike" Sobanski KIA. MACR 5603.


Date Contributor Update
30 March 2016 13:32:13 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 17:43:10 apollo11 Changes to markings, description, events, person associations and place associations

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:41 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 5603 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database