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Republic P-47C-5-RE Thunderbolts 41-6403 and 41-6406 on the line at BAD2.
41-6403 QP-03334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF Lost 3 Apr 43 - Maj. Oscar H Coen Bailed safely
41-6406 QP-H 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF, Lost 21 May 43 - Shot down by Bf109 pilot Lt G H Whitlow KIA.



  • 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...

  • Base Air Depot 2

    Base Air Depot 2

    During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the...

  • 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. ...

  • Gordon Whitlow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71 Eagle squadron 1941, transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 14-9-1942. Promoted 1st Lt. Last seen following enemy aircraft inland...


  • 41-6406

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Republic P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6406 QP-H 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF, assigned pilot Lt G H Whitlow. ...

  • 41-6403

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG 8AF USAAF. Lost 3 Apr 43 - Maj Oscar H Coen bailed safely.


  • 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...

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...


Date Contributor Update
08 October 2015 20:00:59 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations