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Leland Lindsay MacFarlane


2nd Lieutenant Leland L Macfarlane of San Francisco served in the 4th Fighter Group (composed of former Eagle squadron volunteers and based at Debden) and was assigned to the 334th Fighter Squadron.

Macfarlane was lost in action during a Group mission over Belgium in May 1943; his P-47D Thunderbolt, 42-7920, was last seen chasing a Messerschmitt 109 over Ghent. He is buried in Epinal Cemetery, France.

Shot down during an engagement near Ghent, Belgium, last seen following enemy A/C inland. KIA. 21-May-43. MACR 2663.

Awards: PH.


Units served with

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...


  • 42-7920

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down during an engagement near Ghent, Belgium. Pilot Leyland MacFarlane KIA. 21-May-43. MACR 2663.

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...

  • American Air Museum

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born San Francisco, CA, USA 8 September 1919

Son of Gladys Alene [Ayer] Macfarlane McAllister.

Lived in Portland, Oregon, USA 1940
Enlisted Portland, OR, USA 3 November 1941

Portland, Oregon.

Flight training 1942

Trained with RCAF, hence the RAF and USAAC wings worn.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 20 January 1943 – 21 May 1943

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

Killed in Action (KIA) Ghent, Belgium 21 May 1943

Shot down during an engagement near Ghent, Belgium. KIA. 21-May-43. MACR 2663.

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial June 1943

Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
Lorraine, France
Plot A Row 48 Grave 17


Date Contributor Update
24 November 2021 10:08:38 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography and events

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2017 14:28:54 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.1 by Bishop & Hey p. 132;
- WWII Memorial web site entry by Poundstone (brother in law);
- MACR 2663 ;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list;
- Changed 'Empinal' to 'Epinal' Cemetery as per Macfarlane's ABMC record:

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2016 11:45:56 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:25 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 2663 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database