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Leicester Brooks Bishop

Military

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. End Tour of Duty (ETD).

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

My dad believed that the US should have entered into the war effort prior to Pearl Harbor Day and hence volunteered first with the Canadian Air Force, and then was transferred to the Royal Air Force, stationed in Debden. He was later transferred to the USAAF after the US joined the war and was stationed at the Dover (Delaware) Air Force Base, where he met his future wife, Phyllis Johnson Bishop.

Service

Units served with

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    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

    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...

Aircraft

  • 41-6194 'Death Takes a Holiday'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • EN793

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EN793 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tarrytown, NY, USA 21 March 1919
Enlisted Cranford, NJ, USA 1940

Cranford, New Jersey

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 9 October 1942 – 20 January 1944

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

Landing accident in Spit Vb EN793 Debden, Loughton IG10 3SW, UK 22 January 1943
Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 11 March 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 November 1943

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 20 January 1944

End Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Framingham, MA USA 28 June 1970

Bish and Phyllis Bishop settled in Holliston, MA shortly after they were married in 1945. He lived there until he died in 1970. His wife Phyllis lived there and in nearby Hopkinton, MA until her death in 2011. They had three children: Brooks, Gordon and Leicester, Jr.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2021 15:03:39 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/675742962
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_bi...

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2017 12:41:31 Lucy May Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_bi...
http://aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=BISHOP%2C+LEICESTER&S...

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2016 20:35:13 BBG Changes to events
Sources

BrooksBishopGernerd

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2016 20:28:39 BBG Changes to biography and events
Sources

BrooksBishopGernerd

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2016 20:18:27 BBG Changes to suffix and biography
Sources

Brooks Bishop Gernerd

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2016 20:12:43 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, firstname, suffix, nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_bi...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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