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Richard G Braley


Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF,
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant 23-4-43, Designated Flight Commander D Flight 4-5-44
Promoted to Captain 25-5-44. Transferred to 408FS, 372FG, III Fighter Command.

Post war: Owner/Operator of Smith, Braley Investment Company, a construction and finance firm.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...


  • 42-106797 'Donna Gayle'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Named for Capt Otey M Glass Jr's baby daughter. A/C struck by cannon fire while pursuing an Bf109, engine gave out while exiting the area. Pilot Capt Otey M Glass Jr evaded EVD - was hidden by a French family on their...

  • 42-7982

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 43-6838

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

  • BM530

    Supermarine Spitfire BM530 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Associated Place

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Eagle Squadrons Memorial

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Pasadena, CA, USA 17 June 1921

Born - 17 June 1921 Pasadena, CA.
Son of Ren E and Jessie Braley.

Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Assigned Biggin Hill, London SE19 3HY, UK 1941 – 29 September 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Lived in Lemoore, CA 93245, USA 1942
Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 29 September 1942 – 12 September 1944

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

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 23 April 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 25 May 1944

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) 12 September 1944
Based Alexandria Esler Regional Airport, 7615 Esler Field Rd, Pineville, LA 71360, USA 6 November 1944 – May 1945

Transferred to 408FS, 372FG, III Fighter Command.

Died Newport Beach, CA, USA 24 January 2006

Died - 24 January 2006 Newport Beach, CA


Date Contributor Update
10 April 2017 13:27:03 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography and events

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2015 16:49:00 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:35 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list /