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Peter Kissel Eaton


Assigned to 53FS, 36FG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

  • 53rd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-74718

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF. Assigned to Lt. Cecil Manning 4FG 335 FS September 1943 per his logbook.

  • 42-76113

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF. Written off in Landing accident Kingnorth/Sta 418 6-Jun-44.

Associated Place

  • Kingsnorth

    Military site : airfield
    Kingsnorth was used as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943, with temporary runways and buildings. It was then used by the Ninth Air Force as an Advanced Landing Ground 1944, and was in 1944 home briefly to the 36th Fighter Group.


Event Location Date
Born New Canaan, CT 06840, USA 5 February 1924

Son of Henry Taft and Ina Alice [Kissel] Eaton.

Lived in Fairfield, CT, USA 1941
Enlisted Boston, MA, USA 1 September 1942
Based Kingsnorth 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 53FS, 36FG, 8AF USAAF.

Pilot training Douglas, GA, USA 9 November 1943

Class 1943-J Flight training
Graduated 9-Nov-43.

Crashed Kingsnorth, Ashford, UK 6 June 1944

Landing Accident Kingsnorth/Sta 418 Cat 5 damage Lt Peter K Eaton, 6-Jun-44.

P-47D 42-76113 - 53FS 36FG 9AF.

Crashed Kingsnorth, Ashford, UK 11 July 1944

Crashed on Take Off due to Engine Failure Kingsnorth/Sta 418 Cat 3 damage Lt Peter K Eaton, 11-Jul-44.

P-47D 42-74718 - 53FS 36FG 9AF.

Buried Barton, VT, USA June 1990

Welcome O. Brown Cemetery
Orleans County
Vermont, USA

Died Sarasota County, FL, USA 18 June 1990