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Fl Lt Chesley G 'Pete' Peterson (far right) and F/O Gregory A 'Gus' Daymond (second from right) along with other Eagle Squadron pilots. F/O Thomas C Wallace 3rd from left.



  • 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...


  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • Thomas Wallace

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at Sutton Bridge OTU 35hrs Hurri's, assigned to 71S, transferred from 71 ‘Eagle’ Sqn 17-Mar-42 to USAAF as an instructor. Flew Hurricanes and Spitfires for the RAF, P...


  • 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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21 March 2017 16:15:22 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and person associations

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