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Ernest David Beatie


Joined RAFVR via Knight committee CA, USA, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU 30Hrs Hurricanes, assigned to 121S P/O,
transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF, promoted 1st Lt 23-4-43
Transferred to the Detachment of Patients, 5th General Hospital 29-11-43
Gunnery instructor in Louisiana and Texas until war’s end.
Post war Worked in real estate in California.


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. ...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • No 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

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...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....


Event Location Date
Born Albany, GA, USA 17 June 1914

17 June 1914 Albany, GA, USA.

Joined RAFVR California, USA 1940

Joined RAFVR via Knight committee CA, USA.

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA 1940

Service pilot training in US

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1940

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom 1941

Operational training at OTU 30Hrs Hurricanes.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 1941

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF as P/O.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 14 October 1942

Transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 23 April 1943

Promoted 1st Lt.

Died Palm Springs, CA, USA 29 January 1994

29 January 1994 Palm Springs, CA, USA.

Lived in Albany, GA, USA

Albany, Georgia, USA.


Date Contributor Update
19 October 2015 10:29:48 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2015 15:51:30 apollo11 Changes to highest rank and unit associations

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:13 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list /