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George D Green


Captain George D. Green is famous for his daring piggyback rescue of Major Pierce McKennon, his Squadron CO, in a P-51 Mustang on 18 March 1945.
Captain George D. Green was flying his assigned P-51D Mustang 'Suzon' on 18 March 1945 when he saw his CO, Major Pierce McKennon bale out over Germany. Green made the bold decision to land and rescue the downed pilot, the two squeezing into the cokpit of Green's aircraft for the long ride home.



  • Pierce McKennon

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 4th Fighter Group
    Major McKennon, was born 30 November 1919 in Clarksville, Arkansas, but grew up and was educated in Fort Smith. He earned a four-year music scholarship to the University of Arkansas. After a month in college he switched course and deserted the classics...

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Units served with

  • 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...


  • 44-14098

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 43-24794

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost in explosion 1 mile Nth Albury pilot Lt George D Green baled out. 1-Aug-44.

  • 44-14137 'Suzanne'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-63736 'Suzon'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Against standing orders, landed near the airdrome in Neubrandenburg, Germany to rescue squadron CO Pierce McKennon, who’d been downed by flak. After discarding his parachute and dinghy, he had McKennon climb in first....

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 Illinois, USA 17 September 1918

Born 17-Sep-18 IL.

Lived in Whittier, CA, USA 1940
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 13 July 1944 – 9 July 1945

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 14 January 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

B Flight Commander Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 23 March 1945

Designated Flight Commander B Flight.

Died Riverside, CA, USA 31 March 1979

Died 31-Mar-79 Riverside, CA.


Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 22:19:31 Al_Skiff Changes to role, awards, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2015 20:40:18 apollo11 Changes to biography

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 19:55:48 apollo11 Changes to highest rank, biography, events, person associations and place associations

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:49 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 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list