Roy William Evans


Object Number - UPL 13664 - Lieutenant Colonel Roy W. Evans.

As a youth, he was raised on a ranch near Santa Rosa, California. When his parents separated, he and his siblings lived with an English couple. While working at the railroad he wanted to be able to serve in defence of his country, so he took up Civilian Military Training. He also managed to earn a pilots' licence and attempted to join the Army Air Corps. He was turned down on the basis that his job was considered vital to the country and exempted him from military service. Roy then contacted the Clayton-Knight Committee, which was recruiting pilots for the RAF. He was accepted and went to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for training.

He earned the rank of Pilot Officer, and was the only one of his class to graduate as a fighter pilot. He then went to England for further training with the RAF at an Operational Training Unit. Again he excelled, and was the only one of his class to be assigned to No. 11 Group in the south of England, where the action was.

The military equipment he received, although it was the best available was unfortunately, well worn from the Battle of Britain - he flew a war-weary Spitfire which not very air worthy.
Roy loved to go on strafing trips, sometimes accompanied by Duane Beeson and sometimes with Frank Smolinski.

With news of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and since he was in an Eagle Squadron, he shortly found himself in the 4th Fighter Group with plenty of action, flying P-47s and later P-51s.
On one occasion Roy was leading an escort mission to Paris where the Group destroyed 17 German aircraft, a record number for one day. Having finished their escort duties and beingmindful of their low fuel situation they headed back toward England. They encountered a bomber group which was very late and unescorted, and about to be attacked by a large formation of German fighters. The Group turned into the Germans in a spread formation and from a long distance, though low on gas, they started firing their guns, knowing full well that the Germans were out of range. This attack caused the Germans to turn and run for home. The bombers then turned and followed the fighters safely back to England. Roy received the Silver Star for this action.

As time went on Roy became an "Ace", on the same mission, incidentally, as his friend Duane Beeson. He became C.O. of the 335th Squadron and attained the rank of Colonel. After his tour of 300 combat hours he applied for, and was allowed an additional 25 hours before his mandatory return to the States.

He was proud of the fact that no German ever put a bullet hole in his plane, but he did, however, have to bail out over the North Sea due to Flak damage. His aircraft AA752 a Spitfire from 4FG/335FS experienced a mechanical failure on a 'Rhubarb' to the French coast and he ditched into the English Channel, but managed to swim ashore near Foulness, Essex and returned to duty. He was a 1Lt at the time.

After Roy's last flight with the 4th, Colonel Blakeslee told him General Anderson wanted to see him. General Anderson thanked him for his outstanding service and introduced him to eight others, all Generals or Colonels, who likewise thanked him. Officially, he ended that tour with three Distinguished Flying Crosses, Purple Heart, and 11 Air Medals in addition to his Silver Star and other awards including the Distinguished Unit Award.

Tiring of the Stateside duty he was soon returned to England as Deputy C.O. of the 359th Fighter Group, becoming acting C.O. until he was hit by Flak in P-51D Mustang 44-14894 'Lucky' 14-2-45, and became a POW. He had the dubious distinction of being the last of 37 Eagle squadron pilots to do so. His imprisonment caused him to go from a weight of 225 pounds to 167 pounds until he was liberated.


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Units served with


  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 495th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron 551st Fighter Training Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 78th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron 83rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 36th Fighter Group 4th Fighter Group 22nd Fighter Squadron 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 359th Fighter Group Headquarters (359th Fighter Group)


  • Date: 14 February 1945
  • Official Description: Mission 830: 1,377 bombers and 962 fighters are dispatched to hit oil and rail targets in Germany; bombing of most targets is by H2X radar; they claim 11-0-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 bombers and 7 fighters are lost: 1. 461 B-17s are dispatched to hit...



Event Location Date Description


Carthage, MO 64836, USA 20 August 1914 Born 20th Aug 1914 in Carthage, Missouri, USA.


Became Ace

22 August 1942 - 26 November 1944 He became an ace while in the 4th FG, shooting down an Hs-126, two Me-109’s, and two Fw-190’s. His sixth kill came while he was deputy commander of the 359th FG flying P-51's, where he downed a Me-109 on 26 Nov 1944.


A/C hit by AA baled out

Scheßlitz, Germany 14 February 1945 Hit by flak in P-51D Mustang "Lucky" 44-14894. Bailed out near Schesclitz, Germany. POW, fractured leg. 14-2-45. MACR 12330.


Prisoner of War POW

Bad Sulza, Germany 14 February 1945 - 10 April 1945 Prisoner of War held at Stalag 9C, Bad-Sulza, Saxe-Weimar.


Victor Valley Hospital, Victorville, CA 92395, USA 1 November 2009 Died 1st Nov 2009, Victor Valley Hospital.


Victor Valley Memorial Park, 15609 11th Street, Victorville, CA 92395, USA 5 November 2009 Buried Victor Valley Memorial Park.
Santa Rosa, CA, USA Lived in Santa Rosa, California, USA.


Pilot training

Tulsa, OK, USA Went to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for pilot training.


England, UK Further training with the RAF at an Operational Training Unit.


Shipped Overseas

Overseas to join RAF.



Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.


Date18 Sep 2020 00:18:26
ChangesChanges to biography and awards

NARA files verified Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart and Air Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters. His Find a Grave information matches NARA data with the exception of the Prisoner of War Medal, which he would have officially requested through government channels.

Date25 Feb 2016 12:57:57
ChangesChanges to unit associations and place associations

Association with individual Eagle squadron.

Date15 Sep 2015 12:01:37
ContributorLucy May
ChangesChanges to highest rank, biography, awards and media associations

Combined duplicate entries for Roy W Evans into a single entry. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
MACR 12330 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /

4th FG Association profile:…

Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; aircraft details from Peter Randall; Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 12330; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW Databse;
Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. Connection to 359FG at East Wretham;
Lee Cunningham 29-Nov-2014. Added aircraft connection to 44-14894; added POW event per MACR 12230 and National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.
Lee Cunningham 29-Nov-2014. Edited biography AA752 per "Losses of the 78th & 9th AIr Forces' Stan Bishop & John A. Hey; 44-19894 per MACR 12230.

Date7 Sep 2015 15:14:53
ChangesChanges to biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

AAM DB Duplicates.
MACR 12230

Date7 Sep 2015 14:47:11
ChangesChanges to middlename, service number, highest rank, awards, events and place associations
Date8 Mar 2015 17:15:57
ChangesChanges to biography, events and unit associations

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

Date4 Nov 2014 19:46:19
ChangesChanges to biography and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2104. Association with 44-14894. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 12330

Date27 Sep 2014 18:24:40
ChangesAAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12330, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. One by Bishop and Hey, p. 48

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