No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

Squadron
Insignia of the No 71 (Eagle) Squadron RAF and the 4th Fighter Group. Handwritten on slide case:"wall insignia E Ritchie"

Object Number - FRE 5334 - Insignia of the No 71 (Eagle) Squadron RAF and the 4th Fighter Group. Handwritten on slide case:"wall insignia E Ritchie"

'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted to Spitfires in August and took part in sweeps over northern France. On 29 September 1942, the Squadron was transferred to the 4th Pursuit Group, US Army Air Force as the 334th Pursuit Squadron and ceased to be an RAF unit.'
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Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Squadron Leader
  • Role/Job: Pilot / Sqn Ldr
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: British
  • Unit: No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34139
  • Highest Rank: Wing Commander
  • Role/Job: Pilot / CO
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: British
  • Unit: No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 90241
  • Highest Rank: Wing Commander
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: British
  • Unit: No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37683
  • Highest Rank: Squadron Leader
  • Role/Job: Pilot / Sqn Commander
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: British
  • Unit: No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34189
  • Highest Rank: Wing Commander
  • Role/Job: Pilot / Sqn C/O

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Kirton-in-Lindsey 1941-04-08

Based

Martlesham Heath 1941-04-09

Based

Debden

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 87008
  • Highest Rank: Squadron Leader
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 334th Fighter Squadron No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-885096
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 496th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron 555th Fighter Training Squadron No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-885151
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Squadron Commander
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 102048
  • Highest Rank: Pilot Officer
  • Role/Job: pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 83702
  • Highest Rank: Flying Officer
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Nicknames: Miss North Dallas
  • Unit: No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Hurricane
  • Unit: No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

Revisions

Date6 Mar 2017 16:57:18
Contributorhighasakite88
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ORB Summary April 1941

Date28 Feb 2016 14:46:12
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Addition of Sqn commanders.

Date23 Feb 2016 23:13:39
ContributorAl_Skiff
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AAM DB Entries

Date23 Feb 2016 22:01:29
ContributorAl_Skiff
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AAM DB Entries

Date23 Feb 2016 18:08:28
ContributorAl_Skiff
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AAM DB Entries - Transfer from Eagle Group to RAF Sqn

Date23 Feb 2016 17:42:35
ContributorAl_Skiff
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AAM DB Entries

Date23 Feb 2016 16:47:16
ContributorLucy May

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