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Duke the Alsatian


Duke, a Alsatian dog, was the 334th Fighter Squadron's mascot. He was known as infamous and irrepressible and can be seen in more than a dozen 4th Fighter Group photos. He was formerly owned by another but when his owner died (KIA) Kidd Hofer of the 4th Fighter Group took him under his wing and Duke became his pet. When Hofer was KIA in mid 1944 Deacon Hively may have taken Duke for his own pet (but this fact is unconfirmed but very probable).



  • Ralph Hofer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Ralph Kidd Hofer was born Ralph Kidd Halbrook on a farm near Salem, Missouri, in 1921. Upon his father's death, when Ralph was only four, his mother remarried and his name was changed to Ralph Kidd Hofer. Eventually the name "Kidd" stuck with him...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...


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25 July 2017 17:38:12 WD-C Mustang Changes to role and unit associations

'1000 Destroyed' by Grover Hall

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Personal research

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24 April 2016 15:45:51 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, nickname, nationality, biography, person associations, place associations and media associations

Roger Freeman Photo.