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The Eagle Squadrons Memorial in Grosvenor Square London was erected in 1985.
It commemorates the airmen who served with the Royal Air Force as part of the three Eagle Squadrons from 1940 to 1942, listing the names of 289 American and British fighter pilots.

The memorial was commissioned by Newspaper owner William Randolph Hearst, it was designed by Tim Kempster and the bronze eagle sculpture is by Elizabeth Frink



  • Richard Alexander

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in October 1940, and was awarded his pilot wings on September 15, 1941, joining the 133 Eagle Squadron in England. Alexander was credited with destroying 1 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, plus 1 probable, before...

  • William Arends

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, crashed in Spitfire P8595 [written off] nr Epworth, Lincolnshire, after a collision in the air with P8438 [P/O Samuel Fisk Whedon successfully deployed his chute, but killed in landing]. 3-4-42. ...

  • Henry Ayres

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF Shot down by fighters on 28 Jul 43 in P-47 41-6238 near Gouda, Holland. Ayres was injured and taken to hospital. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Baker

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, Probable Fw190 26-4-41, Destroyed Fw190 31-7-41 transferred to 336FS 15-9-42, shot down 26 September 1942 near Morlaix, France in Spitfire 1X BS 446. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Barrell

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training, assigned to 133S, turning onto finals into Duxford collided with another Spitfire and crashed. Killed in Action KIA 27-9-41. P/O Walter Soares also killed. Hurricanes involved Z3335 and Z3828.

  • Richard Beaty

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, Morlaix disaster, crash landed in his Spitfire IX BS148 in a field near Kingsbridge, Devon due to fuel starvation. Critically injured, but survived his injuries. 26-9-42. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Joseph Bennett

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Born 25-Nov-18. Joe Bennett hailed from Morton, Texas. Educated at Abilene Christian College and Eastern New Mexico University, prior to enlisting in the USAAC 25-Apr-41. Commissioned 2nd Lt and awarded his wings at Stockton Field, California 31-Dec-41...

  • Edwin Bicksler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, Spartan College of Aeronautics, assigned to 133S, on attachment to 57FG from 8 Mar 1943, 314th FS, 324th FG, 9AF USAAF, killed in a P-40 during an attack on German transport planes.

  • Donald Blakeslee

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot, Commanding Officer | 4th Fighter Group
    Don Blakeslee was born on 11 September 1917 in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. As a boy, he became captivated with planes while watching the Cleveland National Air Races held only 30 miles away from his home at 529 7th St, Fairport Harbor, Ohio. In 1938,...

  • Richard Braley

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF, ...

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Date Contributor Update
27 November 2019 12:08:05 Emily Changes to person associations

Associated No 133 airmen from US War Memorials listing

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2019 11:44:02 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude and history

London Remembers