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George Teicheira

Military

Pilot Joined RAFVR. Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn 1941. Missing from sweep [Circus 178] to Thourout 1-Jun-42, shot down by Fw190, Killed in Action (KIA).

Born George Teixeira*, a second generation Portuguese-American, and one of eleven children to John (Joao) and Mary Teixeira in Alamo, California on 17-Jan-20.
George aspired to be a pilot from a young age, even going so far as to seek out and pay for small bits of pilot training at only 18 years old at a small, private airfield near his home. At the onset of the Battle of Britain in 1940, George, working at a golf links at the time, knew his calling was to leave home and fight for the freedoms he was so grateful to have.
By early 1941 he was headed up to Canada where he could further pursue flight training. He quickly joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve, knowing full well that he could be tried as a traitor back in the United States for supporting a foreign military. His training largely consisted of flying Hawker Hurricanes, which would later be replaced by the Supermarine Spitfire by the time he arrived in England.
By December of 1941, George found himself on his way to Martlesham Heath, then over to Debden, the new home of the 71st ‘Eagle’ Squadron of the RAF. From December to March, he flew training missions to become familiar with the Supermarine Spitfire Vb, finally meeting the requirements to fly combat patrols by the onset of April 1942.
Through April George would complete 31 missions, ranging from bomber escorts to simple patrols. May brought another 9 missions during a much slower month, while June would bring only one more mission, George’s last on 1-Jun-42, a day of heavy losses for the RAF as a whole.
Although official reports detailed him as “Missing” somewhere over the English Channel on a fighter sweep returning back from Bruges, first-hand reports from members of his squadron presumed him as shot-down by an FW190, as he was last seen with several on his tail, heavy smoke billowing, and headed toward the channel in a very long, drawn-out turn. No parachute was seen, and later searches proved fruitless.
George is memorialized at Runnymede Air Forces Memorial in Englefield Green, on the Eagle Squadrons memorial in Grosvenor Square London, as well as in the Books of Remembrance at St. Clement Danes RAF Church in London.

*During George’s tenure in high school, the Teixeira name would be changed to Teicheira in order to better meet the phonetic rules of the English language.

Service

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Units served with

  • No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

Aircraft

  • W3650

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire W3650 Mk Vb, Const #1920, Built at Eastleigh. ...

  • AA881 'Manchester Corporation Transporter'

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AA881 MK Vb, Const #2232, Built at Eastleigh. ...

  • BL287

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL287 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. Delivered to No 8 MU 2-11-41, assigned to 71S 6-11-41, Damaged by flak on bomber escort Cat B 29-4-42, SOC.

  • BM386

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM386 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. Delivered to No 37 MU 5-4-42, assigned to 71S 29-4-42, Missing from sweep to Thourout 1-6-42 FH37 P/O E G Teicheira killed, SOC.

  • AD111

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD111 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • AD389

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD389 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BL376 'Stinky'

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

  • AD127

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD127 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

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....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Alamo, CA, USA 17 January 1920

Son of John and Mary Teicheira. Brother to Manuel, Joseph, John, August, James, Lewis, Isabel and Catherine.

Joined RAFVR Canada 1941

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn 1941.

Died English Channel 1 June 1942

Missing from fighter sweep [Circus 178] to Thourout 1-6-42, shot down by Fw190, Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried Runnymede Memorial, Egham, UK 1946

Named on Runnymede Air Forces Memorial.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2021 21:31:21 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and awards
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15264623/george-teicheira

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 19:48:49 Teicheira71 Changes to biography
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Teicheira Family

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2020 09:14:57 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/631991284
https://www.fold3.com/image/155162088?rec=155162538
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15264623/george-teicheira

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2020 14:56:00 Teicheira71 Changes to middlename, firstname and nickname
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Teicheira Family

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2020 14:52:59 Teicheira71 Changes to place associations
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Teicheira Family Files

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2020 14:51:15 Teicheira71 Changes to aircraft associations
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Teicheira Family Files

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2020 14:49:39 Teicheira71 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Teicheira Family Files - 71 Record Books April - June 1942

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2019 18:18:35 Teicheira71 Changes to middlename
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Teicheira Family

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2019 18:16:42 Teicheira71 Changes to media associations
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Teicheira Family

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 22:34:14 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3729

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2015 20:22:32 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards and events
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http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3729

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2015 19:17:02 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, firstname, nickname, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
https://www.fold3.com/image/155162088/ 1930 Census.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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