335th Fighter Squadron

Squadron

Object Number - UPL 14531 - 1 January 1945 - Pilots of the 335th Fighter Squadron pose for the camera. TOP ROW L-R: Maj. Pierce W. McKennon (CO), Lt. August W. Rabe, F/O Lucian...

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 activated on 12 September 1942, and assigned to the 4th Fighter Group based at Debden aerodrome in Essex.
They originally flew British Spitfires until they were replaced with P-47 Thunderbolts, which were in turn replaced by P-51 Mustangs a year later and were flown until the end of the war. The "Chiefs" were credited with destroying 262 enemy aircraft.
Shortly after VE-Day the "Chiefs" were reassigned to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, and were deactivated in November 1945.

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Unit stations

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Debden

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Role/Job: GP
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Corporal
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Corporal

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 27th Air Transport Group 495th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 312th Ferry Squadron 335th Fighter Squadron 552nd Fighter Training Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Stinky
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 495th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron 335th Fighter Squadron 551st Fighter Training Squadron

Revisions

Date11 Mar 2015 20:22:59
Contributorapollo11
Sources

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

Date8 Mar 2015 14:42:09
Contributorapollo11
Sources

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

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:48
ContributorAAM
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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