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Donald L Groomer


One time Crew Chief for 1st Lt Gilbert W Hunt of the 336th Fighter Squadron.



  • Gilbert Hunt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Flew a P-51B Mustang "Judy", which was serviced by his Crew Chief Don Groomer.

  • Herbert Swift

    Military | Staff Sergeant | AP Mechanic-Propeller Specialist

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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. ...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...


  • 44-73021 'Clarine'

    P-51 Mustang
    This aircraft arrived on 17 May 1945 at the 336th Fighter Squadron's "A" Flight, but was not required, as V-E Day came nine days earlier.

  • BL376 'Stinky'

    Supermarine Spitfire BL376 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • 41-6574 'Miss San Carlos'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    16-8-43 Destroyed 2 x Fw190's and damaged another over Paris

  • 44-13649 'Clarine'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 43-6507 'Judy' 'Jersey Bounce II'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred war weary to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Paoli, IN 47454, USA 6 August 1920
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK November 1942 – 26 August 1945

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 31 May 1943

Promoted to Staff Sergeant.

Died Littleton, CO, USA 29 November 2014


Date Contributor Update
23 May 2016 11:36:49 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 14:08:46 apollo11 Changes to role and biography

Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:37 AAM AAM ingest

'1000 Destroyed' by Capt. Grover C. Hall, Jr. / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia