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Gilbert Owen Halsey


He graduated from Cement High School. He attended the University of Oklahoma for one year before attending Spartan Air School. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force on 1-May-41.
assigned 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF
Probable Fw190 on Dieppe raid 19-8-42.

Transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF 16-Sep-42.
26-Oct-42 Promoted to 1st Lieutenant
1-Dec-42 Designated Flight Commander A Flight
28-Jan-43 Promoted to Captain
19-May-43 Appointed Squadron Commanding Officer
Jul-43 Promoted to Major
13 AUG 43 Assigned to 4th Headquarters Squadron; Appointed Assistant Group Operations Officer (PD), Group Oxygen and Equipment Officer (AD)
1-Jan-44 Transferred to the 336th Fighter Squadron; Appointed Squadron Commanding Officer
Till 8-Mar-44. A Major in the U.S. Air Force he participated in the first flight in which the USAF used belly tanks and penetrated into Germany.
8 March 1944-45 468th FS, 508th FG Oahu, Hawaii.

Awards: DFC (RAF), DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war:
Oil field driller, worked at locations in Arabia, South America and Africa. Pilot, Indian Mud Company.


Units served with

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    The Headquarters Squadron was made up of true leaders. Most had flown Hurricanes, Spitfires, Thunderbolts and Mustangs. ...


  • 42-8528

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 313FS, 50FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) support mission to Vande. Shot down by Fw190 whilst strafing enemy trucks, pilot 2nd Lt John R Nowlin KIA. 30-Jul-44. MACR 7403.

  • BM590 'Olga'

    Supermarine Spitfire BM590 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • 41-6214

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6214 initially assigned 63rd FS, 56th FG and transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF [Coded WD-F].


  • VIII Fighter Command

    19 August 1942
    31st Fighter Group despatches 123 Spitfires in support of the landings at Dieppe, France. 8 are lost. These are the first operations of VIII Fighter Command units under VIII Fighter Command control. ...

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • 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 Chickasha, OK, USA 10 November 1910

Son of James Roy and Wilder T. [McGuffin] Halsey.

Died 2 September 1955
Buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Chickasha, OK 5 September 1955

Rose Hill Cemetery, Chickasha, Oklahoma.

End Tour of Duty (ETD)


Date Contributor Update
12 May 2021 19:50:36 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2016 16:15:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 14:14:25 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations

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

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2015 18:36:50 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:26 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list