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June 1943.
Lt. Charles Carr in P-47 Thunderbolt QP-V #41-6413 waits with his leader, Capt. William Hollander in his P-47 "Welakahao" to his right, for take off down the South runway at Debden.



  • Charles Carr

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Chuck Carr was assigned to 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, from October 10, 1943-April 5, 1944. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on January 12, 1944. On April 5 his P-51B (43-6837) was hit by heavy flak while he was strafing JU-88’s on...

  • William Hollander

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Served with 4th Fighter Group, 334th Fighter Squadron at Debden. Flew a P-47 Thunderbolt named "Welakahao".


  • 41-6413

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    This aircraft was at one time or another, assigned to the following pilots: Lt. Charles Carr, Capt. James A. Clark, Maj. Oscar Coen, Lt Col. Chesley Peterson, 1st Lt. Thomas J. Andrews.


  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...


Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 16:01:38 apollo11 Created entry with caption, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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