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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 334 FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Lt Ralph Kidd Hofer in May 1944.



  • 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...


  • Ralph Hofer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Ralph Kidd Hofer was born Ralph Kidd Halbrook on a farm near Salem, Missouri, in 1921. Upon his father's death, when Ralph was only four, his mother remarried and his name was changed to Ralph Kidd Hofer. Eventually the name "Kidd" stuck with him...

  • Herbert VanderVate

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Last seen strafing a truck convoy in P-51 44-14310, southeast of Schirmeck, France. 28-Aug-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8300. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Joseph Waydak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.


  • 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
Assigned Debden, UK 1944

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

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 17 July 1944

Taxi accident Debden 17-Jul- 44 - Lt Herbert Vander Vate Jr. Cat 5 damage.


Date Contributor Update
18 May 2022 13:49:44 Al_Skiff Changes to events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2020 13:18:43 Pyker Changes to production block number

Corrected production block number. The data panel clearly shows it to be a B-15 not a B-10.

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2016 12:35:06 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 16:50:52 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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