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Capt. Kenneth G. Smith (left) and 1st Lt. Edward P. Freeburger of the 335th Fighter Squadron.
Smith became a PoW on 21 March 1944 when his Mustang was one of seven downed by German flak in the Bordeaux region of France during a four-hour long strafing mission of enemy airfields in the area.
Three days earlier, he had been flying with Freeburger as his wingman when the latter was shot shot down and killed by Fw 190s near Nancy.



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    4th Fighter Group

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  • 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...


  • Edward Freeburger

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    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by four Fw190's and crashed near Grafenwald, in P-51B 43-6460 on an escort and support mission to Southern Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). 18-Aug-44. MACR 3377.

  • Kenneth Smith

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Captain Smith was from Boise, Idaho, and was born 8 June 1914. He attended the College of Idaho, then worked for the Idaho Power Co. About 1941 he moved to California. He joined the Army Aviation Cadet programme, but left abruptly and was accepted by...


  • 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
30 December 2016 22:54:49 WD-C Mustang Changes to caption

Corrected spelling of the word 'been'

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 19:26:36 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.