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Pilot Officer Kenneth Le Roy Holder of No. 121 Eagle Squadron, RAF sits on the shoulders of Pilot Officer Donald Wilson MacLeod in order to reach the Stars and Stripes , 27 November 1941. Passed for publication 27 Nov 1941. Printed caption on reverse: 'Not For Publication Before 00.30 Hrs Sat. Nov 29th. First Pictures Of Second Eagle Squadron. 27.11.42. These are the first pictures to be taken of the second of the three American Eagle Squadrons to be formed in this country as units of the RAF Fighter Command. Since it was formed some three months ago the squadron has flown many hours on important convoy protection patrol off the British coast. It has also taken part in many other offensive operations. The Squadron is equipped with cannon firing Spitfires, and is led by an Englishman, S/L R.P.R. Powell, DFC. The picture shows:- Pilot Officer Kenneth Leror Holder, of Buena Park, California, stands on the shoulders of P/O Donald Wilson MacLeod (Blackstone, Mass.) to adjust the American flag.' On reverse: Central Press Photo Agency, Air Adviser and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].



  • No 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    '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...


  • Kenneth Holder

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, failed to return from patrol off Lincolnshire coast in Spitfire AA871. Killed in Action (KIA) 12-12-41. Body recovered from sea two weeks later.

  • Donald McLeod

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training, assigned to 121 Sqn, Malta via A/C carrier HMS Eagle, assigned to 126 Sqn, shot down 2 April 1942 in Spitfire Mk Vb[T] AB335, WIA, flown to Egypt to ferry Hurricane...


  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.


Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 12:02:50 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations, person associations and place associations

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 09:59:55 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection