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American pilots of No. 71 (Eagle) Squadron RAF gathered in front of one of their Hawker Hurricanes at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire, 17 March 1941. L to R:1.(83703) Charles Edward ‘Ed’ Bateman 2. (86619) William Henry ‘Bill’ Nichols – POW 3. +(84875) Stanley Michel ‘Mike’ Kolendorski 4. William Ervin G. ‘Bill’ Taylor 5. +(81621) Andrew B. ‘Andy’ Mamedoff 6. +(81622) Eugene Quimby ‘Red’ Tobin 7. (86617) Nathaniel ‘Nat’ Maranz 8. Luke Elbert Allen 9. +(83701) Kenneth Samson Taylor 10. Reginald Tongue (RAF) 11. (84657) Gregory Augustus Daymond – Fred Beaty 12. (87010) Sam Alfred Mauriello.
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  • No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...


  • Luke Allen

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    From Ignacio, Colorado. Volunteering for the RAF just as the Battle of Britain was reaching its climax, Luke joined 71 (Eagle) Squadron RAF, flying his first combat operation in April 1941 on Hurricanes. ...

  • Charles Bateman

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Pilot Hawker Hurricane 71 (Eagle) Sqn RAF.

  • Gregory Daymond

    Military | Major | Squadron Commander
    Born in Great Falls, Montana, in November 1920, Gregory soon became known as Gus, from his middle name Augustus. He grew up in California, and upon graduating from high school he worked in the motion picture industry in various positions. He took...

  • Stanley Kolendorski

    Military | Flying Officer | Pilot
    F/O Stanley Michel "Mike" Kolendorski - naturalized American, son of Polish immigrants. He had been living in California with his wife Charlotte May prior to enlisting in the RAF in Canada. His wife then filed for divorce because of this. ...

  • Andrew Mamedoff

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Pilot
    Mamedoff was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1911. He grew up in Thompson, Connecticut, and attended Bryant College in the early 1930s. He had learned to fly in the USA and even had his own plane with which he performed at airshows. He and Eugene Tobin had...

  • Nathaniel Maranz

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    On 1941-06-21, P/O Nathaniel Moranz RAFVR, 71(Eagle) Sqn, flew Hawker Hurricane Mk II Z3461 off from Redhill, Surrey at 15:50 on Circus 16 [raid by 6 Blenheims to Desvres Airfield. Failed to return, shot down by Bf 109's. Brought down in English...

  • Sam Mauriello

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Captain Sam Alfred 'Uncle' Mauriello 71(Eagle) Sqn RAF, 3 kill, 2 damaged.

  • William Nichols

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, assigned to 71S, FTR 7-9-41, POW.

  • Kenneth Taylor

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Pilot initially on Hawker Hurricanes with 71 (Eagle) Sqn. Killed in flying accident, when Spitfire P8572 dived into ground near Ongar, Essex, England. KIFA. 9th Aug 1941. ...

  • William Taylor

    Military | Squadron Leader | Pilot / Sqn Ldr
    William E G Taylor was an aviator for the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Taylor enrolled at the Guggenheim College of Aeronautical Engineering at New York University, but...

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  • V6757

    Hawker Hurricane Mk I assigned to 303 Polish Sqn coded RF-E Aug-40, transferred to 71 Eagle Sqn RAF, coded XR-*.


  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


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