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Lieutenant Ralph 'Kidd' Hofer and his dog 'Duke', also the 334th FS mascot, by their P-51. Hofer is wearing his lucky football jersey which he wore on all his missions.



  • 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...


  • Duke Alsatian

    Military | Mascot
    Duke, a Alsatian dog, was the 334th Fighter Squadron's mascot. He was known as infamous and irrepressible and can be seen in more than a dozen 4th Fighter Group photos. He was formerly owned by another but when his owner died (KIA) Kidd Hofer of the...

  • Ralph Hofer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Ralph Kidd Hofer was born Ralph Kidd Halbrook on a farm near Salem, Missouri, in 1921. Upon his father's death, when Ralph was only four, his mother remarried and his name was changed to Ralph Kidd Hofer. Eventually the name "Kidd" stuck with him...


Date Contributor Update
02 May 2016 23:15:51 WD-C Mustang Changes to caption and unit associations

4th Fighter Group Association

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2015 21:01:02 apollo11 Created entry with caption and person associations

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