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Newton Anderson


One of the first named members of 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF when the new unit was announced to the British press, though he was probably in training at this point.
On 71 Sqn's first operational mission with the Spitfire Mk IIa on 17th Aug 1941
Mentioned in dispatches. Transferred to command 222 Sqn RAF.
Shot down over France commanding 222 Sqn RAF 29-6-42 Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 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...

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....


Event Location Date
Born 1910

Born 1910, Son of James McCullock Anderson and Alma Anderson.

Joined RAFVR Canada 1941

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Shipped Overseas Merseyside, UK 1941

Shipped Overseas to ETO.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK October 1941

Assigned to 71[Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred London Biggin Hill Airport, Main Rd, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent TN16 3BH, UK August 1942

Transferred to command 222 Sqn RAF.

Died France 26 September 1942

Shot down over France commanding 222 Sqn RAF 29-6-42 Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Cooper's Hill Ln, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey TW20 0LB, UK

Runnymede Memorial
Englefield Green,Runnymede Borough, Surrey, England.


Date Contributor Update
02 October 2015 11:17:20 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Eagles of the RAF - The WWII Eagle squadrons by Phillip D Caine,%20NEWTON

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:31 AAM AAM ingest

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