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On 18 March 1945, while strafing an airfield near Berlin, Major Pierce W. McKennon (left), was forced to bale out of his flak damaged aircraft. He came to earth in a relatively large field, and Lt. George Green (right), was inspired to land and attempt McKennon's rescue. Both men discarded their parachutes and then Green, sitting on McKennon's lap, managed to take off and fly them back to Debden.



  • George Green

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Captain George D. Green is famous for his daring piggyback rescue of Major Pierce McKennon, his Squadron CO, in a P-51 Mustang on 18 March 1945. ...

  • Pierce McKennon

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander
    Major McKennon, was born 30 November 1919 in Clarksville, Arkansas, but grew up and was educated in Fort Smith. He earned a four-year music scholarship to the University of Arkansas. After a month in college he switched course and deserted the classics...


Date Contributor Update
11 April 2015 14:31:16 apollo11 Created entry with caption and person associations

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