No 121 'Eagle' Squadron

Squadron
Pilot Officer Kenneth Le Roy Holder of No. 121 Eagle Squadron, RAF sits on the shoulders of Pilot Officer Donald Wilson MacLeod in order to reach the Stars and Stripes , 27 November 1941. Passed for publication 27 Nov 1941. Printed caption on reverse: 'Not For Publication Before 00.30 Hrs Sat. Nov 29th. First Pictures Of Second Eagle Squadron. 27.11.42. These are the first pictures to be taken of the second of the three American Eagle Squadrons to be formed in this country as units of the RAF Fighter Comm

Object Number - FRE 2318 - Pilot Officer Kenneth Le Roy Holder of No. 121 Eagle Squadron, RAF sits on the shoulders of Pilot Officer Donald Wilson MacLeod in order to reach the...

'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North Weald in December 1941 and in February 1942 began to take part in fighter sweeps over northern France. These continued until the Squadron was transferred to the US Army Air Force on 29 September 1942, becoming the 335th Fighter Squadron of the 4th Fighter Group at Debden.'
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Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: British
  • Unit: No 121 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33278
  • Highest Rank: Wing Commander
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Connections

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Kirton-in-Lindsey 14 May 1941

Based

Southend-on-Sea

Based

Debden

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: No 121 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Flying Officer
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: No 121 'Eagle' Squadron No 133 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: R/58580
  • Highest Rank: Flight Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 335th Fighter Squadron No 121 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-885177
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
Major Leon M. Blanding, a pilot with the 4th Fighter Group, at Debden. He wears an A-2 flight jacket.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 495th Fighter Training Group 335th Fighter Squadron Headquarters (4th Fighter Group) No 121 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-885205
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: No 121 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 108628
  • Highest Rank: Pilot Officer
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Nicknames: Western Samoa
  • Unit: No 121 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron No 121 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Nicknames: Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Unit: No 121 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: 52nd Fighter Group No 121 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Nicknames: Bihar VI
  • Unit: No 121 'Eagle' Squadron

Revisions

Date28 Feb 2016 14:52:22
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

Addition of sqn commander.

Date23 Feb 2016 22:44:37
ContributorAl_Skiff
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AAM DB Entry transfer.

Date23 Feb 2016 17:01:59
ContributorLucy May

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