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Col Chesley Peterson (leaning over map) with members of Eagle Squadron. The Photograph was signed "Best from Pete" and was in the memorabilia collection of Sq Ldr William "Bill" G Curtin OBE RAFVR, who was Controller in the Operations room at Debden for the Eagles Squadrons 1941-43. Also identified in the photograph: Major Oscar H. Coen is 1st left and Captain W.T. O’Regan is 4th from Left



  • 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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...


  • Oscar Coen

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 Squadron Commander
    Oscar Coen was born in Wallum, North Dakota on 11 May 1917. He spent his boyhood on a Wisconsin dairy farm. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a bachelor of science degree. ...

  • William Curtin

    Military | Squadron Leader | Fighter Controller
    William G Curtin joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in 1938, where he trained at Hornchurch, Essex to become a flight controller, working in the operations room. He was stationed at Hornchurch throughout the Battle of Britain, when the station came under...

  • William O'Regan

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, assigned to 71S, transfer to 334th FS, 4th FG, ...

  • Chesley Peterson

    Military | Major General | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander
    Whilst serving with No. 71 Eagle Squadron, he was promoted to Flt Lt - the first American in the Eagle Squadrons to be promoted above the enlisted rank of Pilot Officer. ...


  • 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
25 February 2016 17:59:39 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and unit associations

W G Curtin memorabilia

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2015 14:20:23 Simoncurtin Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

W G Curtin memorabilia