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Eacott Garvin Allen

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Eacott Garvin Allen (listed as Garvin Allen in the US 1930 Census for Robstown, Nueces County, Texas, where his widowed mother is listed as Lucy L. Allen) was born and raised in Texas. His father, William C. Allen died in 1928 in Robstown, Texas and his mother Lucille raised alone 2 other older sons and two daughters. Eacott had four years of High School when he enlisted in the Air Corps in June 1942. After training as a Pilot, he was sent overseas in 1944 and was assigned to the 334th Fighter Squadron in the 4th Fighter Group, based in Debden, Essex, England. On his 21st mission, on 8 June 1944, he was flying P-51 42-106823 on the day's second mission for the Squadron, targeting bridges, rail installations in support of the invasion of Normandy. On the return flight to base, Allen noticed a bridge down on the left of the formation, asked for permission to strafe it and when he received it, he banked rapidly on the left. His wingman Lt James F. Scott, flying P-51 43-7150 had either not seen him or been able to turn as quickly and both aircraft collided. Allen's P-51's propeller sliced off the other Mustang's tail. Lt Scott was killed in his Mustang's crash in Ecommoy. After bailing out, Allen was injured in the back and in his left leg in landing on and falling from the roof of a building on a farm in Connerré in the Sarthe Department, France. Immediately helped by French patriots and underground members, he was fed, hidden, given civilian clothes and brought from Connerré to the neighboring Departement of Eure-et-Loir. There he was hidden in Brou and Cloyes-sur-le-Loir before being led to a secret camp in the Fréteval Forest (Bellande). Liberated by US troops on 13 August, he was back in England on 16 August 1944. For details about his evasion see his page at www.evasioncomete.org >>> Fiches.

Service

People

  • James Scott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Enlisted in US Army, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Division Nov 1940. Transferred to USAAF as aviation cadet 1942. 1st Lt James F Scott of the 334th Fighter Squadron was killed instantly when his plane P-51B 43-7150 dove into the ground after its tail...

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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. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    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...

Aircraft

  • 42-106823

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Mid-air collision on 8 June 1944 with P-51 # 43-7150 in dive-bombing manoeuvre; propeller ripped tail off other A/C (pilot killed). 42-106823 was last seen in unpowered glide. Its pilot, 2nd Lt Eacott G. Allen, bailed...

Missions

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Liberty Hill, Williamson County, Texas, United States 6 March 1921

Son of William Cornelius Allen and Lucille [Lane] Allen

Lived in Robstown, Nueces County, Texas, United States 1940
Enlisted San Antonio, Texas, United States 3 June 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps

Based Debden 17 April 1944 – 8 June 1944

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF on 17 April 1944

Involved in mid-air collision East of Le Mans, France 8 June 1944

in a diving turn to strafe a bridge, Allen's P-51 hit Lt James F. Scott's Mustang 43-7150 and ripped its tail off.

Landed Connerré, France 8 June 1944

Bailed out and landed in parachute

Evaded (EVD) Eure-et-Loir, France 8 June 1944 – 13 August 1944

Immediately helped by French patriots and underground members, he was fed, hidden, given civilian clothes and brought from Connerré to the neighboring Département of Eure-et-Loir. There he was hidden in Brou and Cloyes-sur-le-Loir before being led to a secret camp in the Fréteval Forest (Bellande). Liberated by US troops on 13 August 1944.

Died Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas, United States 14 April 1989
Buried Liberty Hill Cemetery Liberty Hill, Williamson County, TX 17 April 1989

Liberty Hill Cemetery
Liberty Hill, Williamson County, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 12:10:50 Al_Skiff Changes to awards
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11382309/eacott-garvin-allen

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 12:09:57 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11382309/eacott-garvin-allen

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2016 15:15:48 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 5613
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 998 [ https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5555635 ]
NARA WWII Enlistment records [ which have him wrongly as ALMEN#G#EACOTT… at http://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp? dt=929&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf=F&q=18109833&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=271551 ]

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 21:01:52 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_al...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11382309

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5613 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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