A P-51D Mustang 44-13883 (WD-A) of the 335th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group taxying past the Star and Stripes at Debden. Handwritten caption on reverse: '335FS. P-51D. USAF Photo.'
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A P-51D Mustang (WD-A) of the 335th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group taxying past the Star and Stripes at Debden. Handwritten caption on reverse: '335FS. P-51D. USAF Photo.'
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...
The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...
Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Pierce McKennon. Ground strafing mission Strasbourg, hit by 40mm Flak from strafed train. Engine quit pilot Capt Pierce McKennon baled out and evaded. MACR 8298.
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...