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William Oakes Antonides


Lt Antonides, who came from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, was assigned to the 334th Squadron, 4th Fighter Group in February 1945. He took part in twenty two missions during his time at Debden, accounting for a total of seven enemy aircraft destroyed on the ground - five in one day!

With the air war rapidly coming to a close, he did not get any more chances of combat, and was transferred to the 10th Air Depot.

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


Units served with

  • 10th Air Depot Group

    10th Air Depot Group

    Constituted as 10th Air Depot Group, 30 Dec 1941 Activated, 5 Jan 1942, Redesignated 10th Air Depot, 1 Jun 1946 Inactivated, 17 Oct 1948.

  • 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...

  • 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...


  • 44-14436 'Skippy'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 435FS, 479FG 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Chilbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as a grass airfield Relief Landing Ground for RAF Middle Wallop, Chilbolton was used as a fighter and Army Co-operation base during 1940-42. Enlarged and upgraded with a tarmac-surface hard perimeter track, some double blast pens and other...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Denver, CO 18 November 1922
Lived in Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, USA 1940
Enlisted Denver, CO, USA 28 September 1942

Denver, Colorado

Crashed Cawker City, KS 67430, USA 4 January 1945

Forced Landing out of Fuel 3 miles SW Cawker City KS Cat L damage, pilot Lt Ralph L Antonides, 4-Jan-45.

P-63A 42-69481 - 264AAFBU 2AF.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 5 February 1945 – 15 September 1945

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 18 June 1945

Landing accident in P-51 44-14436 Debden/Sta 356 Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt William O Antonides, 18-Jun-45.

334FS 4FG 8AF.

Transferred Chilbolton, Stockbridge SO20, UK 15 September 1945

Transferred to 10th Air Depot, 9AF USAAF.

Died Glenwood Springs, CO 19 October 1978


Date Contributor Update
01 May 2021 14:22:40 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2016 16:18:44 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- '1000 Destroyed' by Capt. Grover C. Hall, Jr.;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2016 15:16:01 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2016 15:01:47 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2015 18:54:33 apollo11 Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards and place associations

Personal research & 'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th Fighter Group' by Frank Speer

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:33 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list