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(then) Lt. Albert L. Schlegel's P-51 Mustang WD-O, Serial No. 43-6770, suffered landing gear collapse on returning from the 4th fighter Group's first escort mission to Berlin, 4 March 1944.



  • 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...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...


  • Albert Schlegel

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Albert Schlegel was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1919. Lacking the two college certificates required by the US Army Air Corp, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), flight training was in Ontario, Canada, final service training taking place in...


  • 43-6770

    P-51 Mustang
    One-time personal aircraft of Lt Albert Schlegel and Lt Eliot H Shapleigh. ...


  • 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
29 March 2015 12:14:12 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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