'Flight Sergeant Bill Kelly (left) and Flying Officer Osborne sleep between 'sweeps' in the Dispersal Hut at Rochford airfield. Underneath the bed on which they sleep is the station mascot, a dog called Roger. The original caption states that "Like so many of the fighter squadron mascots, Roger belonged to a pilot since reported missing, and has been adopted by the others". American volunteers, Flight Sergeant Bill Kelly (left) and Flying Officer Osborne of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron, RAF, at rest in the Dispersal Hut at Rochford airfield in Essex during 1942'.
IWM Photo D 9518
'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...
Military | Captain | Pilot
Joined RCAF, service pilot training, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, Fw190 destroyed on Rodeo to Abbeville, France 31-7-42
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
Lt. Colonel in the USAF, having served in 121 Eagle Squadron RAF, won several British decorations and was one of General Eisenhower's personal pilots. He was later assigned to Washington as an Assistant Air Attach‚ to Finland serving two years in the...