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Nicholas Demetrius Sintetos

Military

Pilot - Underwent pilot training Ashtabula, OH, USA, too young to join USAAF at 20yrs old, enlisted RCAF Jan 41, No 5 SFTS Course 39: September 25 - December 18, 1941, Brantford Ontario, joined RAF, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF via OTU 11-6-42, transferred to 126 Sqn RAF for Malta defense, enlisted USAAF 13 Dec 1942, transferred to 64th FS, 57th FG, 9th AF.

Nick was too young for the U.S. Air Corps so in October of 1940 he hitchhiked to Ottawa and volunteered for the Royal Air Force. He completed pilot training, was awarded his flying badge and appointed Sergeant in December of 1941. On June 11, 1942 he was assigned to the 121 Eagle Fighter Squadron at Southend-on-Sea where he flew missions over England and France. He was one of only 244 pilots to fly for the Eagle Squadrons. On August 5, 1942 he volunteered to serve in Malta. His first mission was to ferry a Spitfire from the HMS Furious (Operation Bellows) to Malta in the pivotal “Operation Pedestal” that saved Malta from a planned surrender. On December 13, 1942 he was posted to North Africa and transferred into the U.S. Army Air Force. He become a fighter pilot, First Lieutenant in the 57th Fighter Group, 64th Fighter Squadron.

Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 battle stars).

Service

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force


    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 57th Fighter Group

    57th Fighter Group

    Group
    The group was first activated as the 57th Pursuit Group in January 1941, flying P-40 Warhawks as part of the Army Air Corps Northeast Defense Sector (later assigned to the I Fighter Command) at Mitchel Field, New York.[3] It trained in New England and...

  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

  • 64th Fighter Squadron

    64th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Formed as a P-40 Warhawk pursuit squadron in January 1941 as part of the Army Air Corps Northeast Defense Sector (later I Fighter Command) at Mitchel Field, New York. Trained in New England and provided air defense of the northeast after the Japanese...

Aircraft

  • AB908

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AB908 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • AD388

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD388 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • AD199

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD199 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • EN918

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EN918 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BL986

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL986 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BM401

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM401 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. Delivered to No 8 MU 24-4-42, assigned to 121S 5-5-42, damaged by fighters and abandoned off Dieppe 19-8-42, SOC.

  • P8589 'Makassar'

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire P8589 Mk IIb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory ...

  • BL597

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL597 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. Delivered to No 38 MU 26-1-42, assigned to 121S 18-4-42, VASM 13-8-42 mods, assigned to 121S, damaged force-landed CB 17-9-42, AST 20-3-43, Cv Seafire Ib reserialled NX912.

  • AA880 'Manchester Smithfield Market'

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AA880 Mk Vb Const #2231, Built at Eastleigh. ...

  • BM578

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM578 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.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ashtabula, OH 44004, USA 10 November 1920

Son of Dimitrios and Hellen Sintetos.

Lived in Ohio, USA 1940

Lived in Ohio, USA.

Enlisted Canada January 1941

Enlisted RCAF Jan 41.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 11 June 1941 – March 1942

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF via OTU 11-6-41

Service Flying Training Brantford, ON, Canada 25 September 1941 – 18 December 1941

No 5 SFTS Course 39: September 25 - December 18, 1941, Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

Transferred Luqa, Malta March 1942 – 13 December 1942

Transferred to 126 Sqn RAF for Malta defense.

Enlisted 13 December 1942

Enlisted USAAF 13-Dec-42.

Assigned Ajdabiya, Libya 15 December 1942

Assigned to 64th FS, 57th FG, 9th AF.

Discharged USAAF 17 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died San Bernardino, CA, USA 4 November 1999

Died Nov 4th 1999. San Bernardino, CA.

Buried Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside County, CA 6 November 1999

Burial - Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside,
Riverside County,
California, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2020 16:36:23 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/32361612-nicholas-d-sintetos
https://www.fold3.com/page/83347266_icholas_d%20sintetos/details/
https://www.fold3.com/record/623354200-nicholas-sintetos-1920
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3632
http://www.57thfightergroup.org/personnel/64thofficers.html
https://www.greeks-in-foreign-cockpits.com/pilots-crews/fighter-pilots/n...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=1184042

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2020 18:18:36 Biphnest Changes to nickname
Sources

Sintetos family records

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2020 18:13:09 Biphnest Changes to biography
Sources

Sintetos family records.

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2020 18:05:04 Biphnest Changes to media associations
Sources

Sintetos family private photo collection.

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 19:42:56 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=1184042
https://www.fold3.com/page/83347266_icholas_d%20sintetos/details/
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3632
http://www.57thfightergroup.org/personnel/64thofficers.html

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2016 10:40:59 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=1184042
https://www.fold3.com/page/83347266_icholas_d%20sintetos/details/
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3632
http://www.57thfightergroup.org/personnel/64thofficers.html

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2015 14:22:38 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=1184042
https://www.fold3.com/page/83347266_icholas_d%20sintetos/details/
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3632
http://www.57thfightergroup.org/personnel/64thofficers.html

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2015 13:20:13 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=1184042
https://www.fold3.com/page/83347266_icholas_d%20sintetos/details/
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3632
http://www.57thfightergroup.org/personnel/64thofficers.html

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