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June 1943 - the end of a mission finds [then] Lieutenants Hank Mills, Duane Beeson, "Digger" Williams and Captain James A. Clark tired and worried about NYRs (Not Yet Returned) pilots.



  • Duane Beeson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Duane W Beeson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941, by February 1942 he had completed over 200 hours of flying and was transferred to Britain to join No. 71 (Eagle) Squadron, RAF 24 days later he joined the 4th Fighter Group in September 1942....

  • James Clark

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Deputy Commanding Officer
    Initially assigned to the 71st Eagle Squadron in June 1942. With the founding of the 4th Fighter Group that September, he was assigned to the 334th Squadron, where he eventually became its Commanding Officer. ...

  • Henry Mills

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Major Mills 'Hank' was born in New York City on 18 October 1917. His various civilian accomplishments were playing varsity football while attending Dartmouth college and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as graduating in 1939. He then went to...

  • Robert Williams

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    In 1938, he received initial flight instruction as an aviation cadet at the US Naval Air Station, Pensacola. In Oct-40, he enlisted in the RCAF and entered flight training school, receiving his commission as a Sgt pilot in Oct-41. Robert was then...


Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 17:54:26 apollo11 Created entry with caption and person associations

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.