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Gordon H Whitlow


Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71 Eagle squadron 1941, transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 14-9-1942. Promoted 1st Lt. Last seen following enemy aircraft inland after a fighter sweep to Ghent-Ostend Area, Belgium. Shot down by a Bf109 fighter of JG 26/III. Crashed near Ghent in P-47 41-6406. Killed in Action (KIA). No MACR.

AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, PH


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. ...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter 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...

  • No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 71 'Eagle' 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...


  • EN915

    Spitfire Mk Vb EN915 was built at the Vickers-Armstrong aircraft factory, Castle Bromwich, and delivered to the RAF at 37 Maintenance Unit, Burtonwood, on 17 May 1942. It was issued to 154 Squadron at Hornchurch on 12 June 1942. During its time with...

  • AB929

    Supermarine Spitfire AB929 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • 41-6406

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Republic P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6406 QP-H 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF, assigned pilot Lt G H Whitlow. ...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO - 26 SWEEP & PATROL

    21 May 1943
    The main operation for the fighter groups today is a sweep of the Ostend/Ghent coastal area by a combined force of 105 P-47s from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG. 3 P-47s are MIA but 2 are due to a mid-air collision, 2 pilots KIA; and 1 loss due to abandonedment of...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Lander, WY 82520, USA 11 August 1920

Born son of Cyril and Rena Whitlow. 11 August 1920 Lander, Wyoming, USA.

Lived in Denver County, CO, USA 1940
Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA 1940

Service pilot training in US.

shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1940

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Assigned 1941 – 14 September 1942

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom 1941

Operational training at OTU. Conversion onto Hurricane and Spitfires.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 15 September 1942

Transferred 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF 15 Sept 1942.

Appointed Sqn Oxygen Officer Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 January 1943

Appointed Squadron Oxygen Officer (AD). 1-1-43.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 20 March 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant. 20-3-43.

Died Ghent, Belgium 21 May 1943

Crashed near Ghent in P-47 41-6406 Killed in Action (KIA). No MACR. 21-5-43.

Buried 1945

Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neupre, Belgium.


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26 February 2016 23:05:52 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:37 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.1 by Bishop & Hey p. 132, picture p. 133, ABMC / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list