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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 435FS, 479FG 8AF USAAF.



  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 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...

  • 435th Fighter Squadron


  • William Antonides

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 10th Air Depot Group
    Lt Antonides, who came from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, was assigned to the 334th Squadron, 4th Fighter Group in February 1945. He took part in twenty two missions during his time at Debden, accounting for a total of seven enemy aircraft destroyed on...

  • Arthur Bowers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Lt. Bowers was from Tiskilwa, Illinois, and was assigned to the 4th Fighter Group, 334th Squadron on 16 November 1944. He remained there until the end of the war. ...

  • Fred Farington

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF 28 September 1944 - End Of War - 65 x combat missions, 1 x Victory. ...


  • 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 Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 18 December 1944

Landing accident Debden/Sta 356 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Arthur R Bowers, 18-Dec-44.

334FS 4FG 8AF.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 18 June 1945

Landing accident Debden/Sta 356 Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt William O Antonides, 18-Jun-45.

334FS 4FG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
07 March 2016 10:18:05 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations