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William Timothy O'Regan

Military

Joined RAFVR, service pilot training, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, assigned to 71S, transfer to 334th FS, 4th FG,
334 FS 16-9-42 / 7-10-43, Designated Flight Commander B Flight 16-4-43, promoted to Captain 5-5-43, designated Squadron Operations Officer 11-7-43, designated Flight Commander C Flight 8-8-43, designated Squadron Operations Officer 10-9-43. Captain William T. O'Regan flew a P-47 Thunderbolt which was adorned with a bullet-spitting pink elephant.
Served in Korea, retired from the USAF in 1963 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Employed as a chemical plant foreman and a commercial pilot.

Service

People

  • Dale Hall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief/Maintenance
    Major Henry L Mills Crew Chief, 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF, USAAF.

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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. ...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    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...

  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    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...

Aircraft

  • AD564

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD564 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • 41-6392

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF. Taxiing accident Debden/Sta 356 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt James A Clark Jr, 8-6-43.

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....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Edmonton, AB, Canada 16 January 1916

Born - 16 January 1916 Edmonton, Alberta.

Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA 1940

Service pilot training in US.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1940

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom 1941

Operational training at OTU.

Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Suffolk, UK 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 16 September 1942 – 7 October 1943

Transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF.

Commander B Flight Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 16 April 1943

Designated Flight Commander B Flight.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 5 May 1943

Promoted to Captain.

Squadron[334] Op's Officer Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 11 July 1943

Designated Squadron Operations Officer.

Flight Commander C Flight Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 8 August 1943

Designated Flight Commander C Flight.

Squadron Operations Officer Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 10 September 1943

Designated Squadron Operations Officer.

Korea Service South Korea 1950 – 1953

Served in Korea.

Retired USAF United States 1963

Retired from the USAF in 1963 as a Lt Colonel.

Post USAF Career 1963 – 1976

Employed as a chemical plant foreman and a commercial pilot.

Died Glendale, CA, USA 10 October 1980

Died - 10 October 1980 Glendale, California, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2017 15:07:01 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number and media associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 17:18:16 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3610
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_or...

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2015 19:31:49 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_or...
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3610

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2015 17:39:50 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_or...
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3610

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2015 19:14:01 apollo11 Changes to highest rank, biography, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank E. Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/pilots.html

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