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Lt. Robert A Boock, [Springfield, IL] 334th Fighter Squadron, ex 71 "Eagle" Squadron. Photographed here with armorer Sgt. Lawrence P "Larry" Hendel, [St. Louis, MO], alongside their P-47C 41-6404 QP-S “Old Red Ass”. Lt. Boock was killed in action flying this a/c on 18 May 43 when he was shot down into the North Sea. Two of his 3 confirmed kills were gained in Spitfires.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...


  • Robert Boock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 26 January 1943 (Returned To Duty - RTD). On 6 April 1943, smoke in the cockpit forced a landing 3.5 miles off the coast of North...

  • Lawrence Hendel

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Armourer
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAAF and by 1962 had risen to Chief Master Sgt.


  • 41-6404 'Ill Wind?' 'Old Red Ass'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt P47C-5-RE 41-6405 'Old Red Ass' assigned to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF, pilot Lt Nicholas Megura. Re-assigned to Raymond C 'Bud' Care. ...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO - 23 FIGHTER SWEEPS

    18 May 1943
    A combined force of 100 P-47s are despatched on fighter sweeps of the Knokke/Blankenberge/Nieuport area. A German fighter patrol is encountered. 1 P-47 is MIA. 4th FG claims 2-0-0 on the Luftwaffe, but only 1 kill is officially credited.


  • 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
09 September 2015 19:43:17 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations