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John G DuFour


Joined 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 336th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF.
Commander of the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4-Mar-43 - 1-Sep-43.

Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Served in the Korean War, Commanding Officer, ENT AFB, Colorado, July 1961 Retired from the USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Note: John seems to be mislabeled as James in several photographs. There seems to have been a James Dufour in the 4th Fighter Group as well, but a corporal.


Units served with

  • 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 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...


  • 41-6575 'Doreen II' 'The Old Man'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Capt Kendall Carlson. War Weary [w/w] hack at Martlesham. No unit markings carried, named 'Old Man'.

  • AB271 'Doreen I'

    Supermarine Spitfire AB271 Mk Vb Const #2383, Built at High Post ...

Associated Place

  • 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...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


Event Location Date
Born Oakland, CA, USA 6 July 1909

Son of Clarence and Marcia DuFour.

Based Kirton-in-Lindsey 1942 – 9 October 1942

Assigned to 71 Sqn RAF

Based Debden 9 October 1942 – 2 September 1943

Transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Lived in Alameda, CA, USA 1943
Discharged USAF 31 July 1961

Retired USAF.

Died Pinellas County, FL, USA 7 October 1993
Buried National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Honolulu, Honolulu County, HI 18 October 1993

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii


Date Contributor Update
01 December 2021 10:27:37 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, events and unit associations

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06 March 2019 14:17:13 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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25 February 2016 12:26:16 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations

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03 October 2015 20:53:21 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2015 14:31:10 Jenny Changes to nickname, highest rank, biography and media associations
Sources - photo corresponds to our photographs

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27 September 2014 18:16:04 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /