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Eric Ellington Doorly

Military

Joined RAFVR, service pilot training, assigned to 133S, flew on Dieppe raid air cover
On 6 Sept 42 he was shot down in Spitfire BS276 over France on an escort mission with 133 Squadron. Evaded capture and with the help of the underground via the Pyrenees escaped to Spain. Returned to the USA and joined the USAAF to return to the UK.
Later flew with the 406th Fighter Sqn, 371st Fighter Group, USAAF.

Service

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 371st Fighter Group
  • 406th Fighter Squadron
  • No 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    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...

Aircraft

  • BS276

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BS276 Mk IX, Constr # 3227, Built at Rolls Royce Hucknall. FF 7-8-42, assigned to 133S 12-8-42, Circus to Abbeville shot down by fighters 6-9-42. Pilot P/O Eric E Doorly EVD.

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.

  • Bisterne

    Military site : airfield
    Built as an Advanced Landing Ground for the RAF in 1943, it was developed for use by the Ninth Air Force in 1943-1944. The 371st Fighter Group used the airfield, before it was closed and returned to agriculture in 1944-45.

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Eagle Squadrons Memorial

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Jersey, USA 1 December 1920

Born - 1st Dec 1920
New Jersey, USA.

Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA 1940

Service pilot training. Spartan College of Aeronautics.

Assigned Biggin Hill, London SE19 3HY, UK 27 June 1941 – 6 September 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. P/O on probation on 27th June 1941.

Dieppe Veteran Dieppe, France 19 August 1942

Flew on Dieppe raid air cover.

Shot down Abbeville, France 6 September 1942

Shot down in Spitfire BS276 over France on an escort mission to Abbeville. EVD.

Evaded Spain 6 September 1942 – December 1942

Evaded capture and with the help of the underground via the Pyrenees escaped to Spain.

Joined USAAF United States 1943

406th FS, 371st FG, 9AF.

Crashed Camp Springs, MD, USA 19 October 1943

Landing accident Camp Springs AAF, DC Cat 3 damage. 19-10-43

P-47D 42-75496

Died San Diego County, CA, USA 30 November 1994

Died - 30 Nov 1994
San Diego County
California, USA.

Buried San Diego, CA, USA December 1994

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 12:23:39 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york42/bl995.html
http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Doorly&GSfn=Eric&GSbyr...

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2015 15:06:19 Al_Skiff Changes to service number and events
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york42/bl995.html
http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Doorly&GSfn=Eric&GSbyr...

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2015 14:51:41 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york42/bl995.html
http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Doorly&GSfn=Eric&GSbyr...

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