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1st Lt Joseph G Matthews 336th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF. Former 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF Spitfire pilot.



  • 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...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • No 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...


  • Joseph Matthews

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Pilot Spitfire/P-47 Thunderbolt Joined RAF, assigned to 133 Sqn RAF, 42 to 10/42. transferred to 336th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF. Shot down in P-47 #42-7949 during show escorting B-17’s to Paris area, 16-8-43. Not seen to go down, crashed near St. Denis....


  • 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
26 February 2016 11:52:29 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2015 10:48:39 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations