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Luke Elbert Allen


From Ignacio, Colorado. Volunteering for the RAF just as the Battle of Britain was reaching its climax, Luke joined 71 (Eagle) Squadron RAF, flying his first combat operation in April 1941 on Hurricanes.
Converting to Spitfires the squadron had a busy period of patrols, sweeps and escorts before transferring to the USAAF as the 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF.
Luke flew over 60 combat missions in Europe. He later became a corporate pilot for a small Texas oil company.


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

    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

    '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

  • Bushey Hall

    Military site : non-airfield
    Requisitioned in 1942 and handed over to the Eighth Air Force later that year; USAAF used it as the Headquarters VIIIth Fighter Command due to its proximity to RAF Fighter Command headquarters at Bentley Priory. After the Berlin Airlift (1948-49) it...

  • 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 Elbert County, CO, USA 27 September 1917

Ignacio, Colorado, USA.

Lived in Gallup, NM, USA 1930
On Op's France April 1941

Flew his first combat operation in April 1941 on Hurricanes.

Died St George, UT, USA 28 May 2009
Buried Denver, CO, USA 31 May 2009

Fort Logan National Cemetery
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Section 44, Site 793

Assigned Kirton, Lincolnshire, UK

Joined 71 (Eagle) Squadron RAF.

Converted to Spitfires England, UK

Converted to Supermarine Spitfires.

Transferred USAAF RAF Bushey Hall, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 2ED, UK

Transfered to the USAAF as the 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF.

60 combat missions ETO France

Flew over 60 combat missions in Europe.

Corporate pilot Texas, USA

Became a corporate pilot for a small Texas oil company.

Joined RAF England, UK

Volunteered for the RAF.


Date Contributor Update
30 January 2016 02:42:32 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank and events

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 21:26:37 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 21:26:05 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations